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Deschamps dares to attack Spain

France coach Didier Deschamps said his side won’t be mesmerised by Spain, when the two nations meet on Tuesday in World Cup qualifying.

The last qualification encounter between the two countries in October 2012 resulted in a 1-1 draw courtesy of an equaliser at the death from Olivier Giroud, and Deschamps is confident his men will be able to pick up where they left off.

“We’ll have to use the ball well when in possession and force them to defend,” the 44-year-old told reporters.

“Then we will be in a scenario more or less similar to that of the first match in Madrid. It’s useless to struggle with this team for possession of the ball, but when we have it, we want to make the best of it.”

Deschamps said les Bleus will approach the match with a winning mentality, and warned too much respect for Spain could prevent his men from playing at their full potential.

“Every game I prepare as a coach, I prepare for victory,” the former Marseille boss added.

“We had respect for them before the first match. Now let’s battle. Before the first match, it made sense that Spain had more certainty. However, we were able to handle them.

“After all, respect is not meant to intimidate or fear you. We must be able to assert own own forces.”

Deschamps said he was expecting Spain to be in backlash mode, after failing to beat Finland in a 1-1 draw on Friday.

He added: “It is true that they can feel more this obligation to win. But I think even with another result on Friday, they would have come with this intention.

“Today, there are two points between us, we will see what will happen tomorrow.”

Mon 25 March, 2013
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