Deschamps: 'Collective strength'
France boss Didier Deschamps hailed his side's unity after they fought back to beat Germany 2-1 with a brace from Antoine Griezmann in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday night.
Tuesday, 16 October, 2018
UEFA Nations League, Matchday 3
Stade de France, Paris
France 2 - 1 Germany
Didier Deschamps (France coach): "I made the decision [to change tactics] because we were not compact enough. I wanted to avoid being opened up like we were in the first half-hour and the performance in the second half resolved this problem. It is our solidity that makes us strong, even if it is Hugo [Lloris] who keeps us in the game at times. With the players I have, I can tinker without losing our qualities. This German team showed a lot of promise; their three central players posed us problems with their speed. They could have hurt us more because they had more chances than us in the first half but my players do not give up, even during a complicated evening like tonight. There is a collective strength that emerges."
Joachim Löw (Germany coach): "I'm disappointed with the result, although though I must say the defeat is different from Saturday's [against the Netherlands]. Not because of the result but because of the performance. I'm very pleased with the performance. I think we were on an even level with what is probably the best team in the world. But France has a lot of individual quality, and if you're not careful you'll get punished straight away. The negative point is the converting of our chances. We were unable to put the ball in the goal. I think we deserved to win because we were the best team but that's not how things work. We lacked a bit of intelligence and sangfroid. If we'd been able to score a second we could have played in a calmer manner and won the match."