France boss Didier Deschamps branded their Euro 2016 semi-final rivals Germany as the best team in the world, but he also asserted that his talented French side has all the potential to outplay the world champions.
Oliver Giroud netted a brace along with goals from Payet, Greizmann and Paul Pogba helped the hosts to clinch a comfortable 5-2 victory over minnows Iceland in the quarter-final on Sunday and set up a semi-final clash with Germany. On the other hand Joachim Low’s men knocked out Italy 6-5 on penalties to book a spot in the semi-finals.
Deschamps made it clear that he is well aware about the strength of the German side and he accentuated that they will have to put in their best efforts in the high-octane semi-final encounter.
“I’m not going to put any pressure on Joachim Low. He is very calm and relaxed. Germany is the best side in Europe and the world,” said Deschamps
“In this competition, even though they had a bit of a scare against Italy, they are really in charge of their own progress. It is not going be a stroll in the park. We are going to go all out for it. The fact we are playing in France is great. Everything is possible,” he added.
France manager Deschamps kept mum about any tactical changes he wished to make against the German side who used 3 defenders in their thrilling victory over Italy on penalties.
“It won’t be the same balance of power because Germany has so much technical quality from the goalkeeper right through from their defence to the attack. They often tend to hog ball possession. It’s all about adaptation, not only to their strengths but also on what we’re able to produce too,” said Deschamps
“So far, most of our opponents came out trying to defend. I know that won’t be the case against Germany. The more we can make them defend the better it can be,” he added.
In their last head-to-head clash, France emerged victorious 2-0 in Paris, the match which was spoilt by terror attacks.
The winning side will take on either Wales or Portugal, who will battle for a place in the final on Wednesday.