France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday that his side’s 2-0 win against Uruguay in Nizhny Novgorod was not a “perfect game from a technical perspective.”
“It was not a perfect game from a technical perspective… We expected more set pieces from Uruguay, but overall I was not worried… You have to be able to give your all to compete at this level. I always say – if you cannot put your mind into it, give it all of your strength, you will never be able to achieve the result you want,” Deschamps told journalists.
He added that it was a “good thing” that his side scored twice against Uruguay, and that although forward Olivier Giroud was not able to score, he contributed a lot into the “overall balance” of the team, which is “sometimes more important.”
France are through to the semi-finals, where they will face the winner of the Brazil-Belgium game.