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.
Thrilled by the 2-0 win over Nigeria in the last 16, France boss Didier Deschamps was taking things a step at a time, while his players attributed the win to their new-found team spirit and mental strength.
Les Bleus may have left it late, but strikes from Paul Pogba and an own-goal from Joseph Yobo saw France clinch a 2-0 win over the Super Eagles to move through to the quarters, where they will face either Germany or Algeria.
Despite missing France's final group-stage match through suspension, Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye says he is feeling on top of his game and ready to take on Nigeria in their last-16 clash on Monday evening.
France coach Didier Deschamps had no complaints as Les Bleus qualified for the last 16 - top of Group E - with a 0-0 draw against Ecuador; his players were similarly upbeat ahead of Monday's knock-out clash with Nigeria.
Didier Deschamps' re-worked France side qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup on top of Group E thanks to a 0-0 draw with ten-man Ecuador, but had to endure some nervy moments as the feisty South Americans went all-out.
France striker Olivier Giroud was over the moon after scoring France's 100th World Cup and providing an assist as he made his debut on the world stage in Les Bleus' commanding 5-2 win over Switzerland.