Deschamps: I’m very proud

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Despite a tough match-up against Nigeria on Monday evening, Les Bleus dispatched the African champions 2-0 to secure their quarter-final berth at this year’s Mundial.

“Nigeria played a very physical game and had a real presence across the pitch,” the French boss said after the game. “It was a challenge to go up against that, but we managed it.”

Following France’s dismal group stage exit in 2010, they now find themselves in the last eight of this year’s competition, much to the satisfaction of their national coach.

“This deserved win will make us even stronger for the rest of the competition,” said Deschamps. “I'm very proud to have reached the quarter-finals.”

Deschamps knows a difficult prospect lies ahead in the quarter-final where his side take on three-time champions Germany, yet he feels his side are aware of what is expected of them in the next round.

“Every team you meet, every rival you face is tough in the World Cup,” said the 45-year-old.

“I am very proud of what we have achieved since the tournament began – we have to savour it and do it all over again in four days’ time.

“We’re in the quarter-finals and that means that we now must be sure of what we need to do to advance.”

France’s last eight clash against the Germans at the Maracana is set for Friday evening at 6pm South African time.

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