Reactions: Les Bleus out but not down
France boss Didier Deschamps was focusing on the positives after Les Bleus' 1-0 World Cup quarter-final elimination at the hands of Germany; his players were proud despite the immense frustration of leaving the competition.
Friday, July 4, 2014
World Cup quarter-finals
Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro
France 0 - 1 Germany
Didier Deschamps (France coach): "Right after you lose, disappointment is always the predominant feeling. The game played out on small details but this is the very highest level. Germany have more experience than us; we conceded from a set piece and we tarted the match timidly. After that, we did a lot of good things and created chances but it just wouldn't go in. We're frustrated; our adventure stops here and Germany continue in the competition. I hope that nonetheless the core of a strong team was forged here. Something has happened since we beat the Ukraine for a place here in Brazil and there have been very promising signs along the way, including today. I'm very proud of how my players have conducted themselves both on and off the pitch. It's tough for us today but I prefer to focus on the positives; we made it to the quarters, and that means something. We wanted to go further but we were forced to stop here; perhaps that's a measure of our true level."
Karim Benzema (France striker): "We're disappointed because the adventure stops here. We gave everything, but we couldn't quite core the goal we needed. The first half was pretty tough, but we didn't push forward enough for my taste. We came in with a lot of impact in the second half, and we put them in danger, but they have an excellent goalkeeper."
Mathieu Valbuena (France midfielder): "A few months ago, no-one would have thought that the France team would have the run we had. We managed to win back the support of the France fans."
Laurent Koscielny (France defender): "The coach was positive after the match, he recognised that the team had given their all. In terms of spirit, we were on the money. The lads left the pitch with nothing left and they can hold their heads high. We gave everything, and that's the most important thing."
Paul Pogba (France midfielder): "I'm disappointed but I'm also proud and happy. It was my dream to play in a World Cup. We made a lot of people on France very happy and that's a source of real joy."