Didier Deschamps believes France have nothing to lose in facing Spain next week, whilst Hugo Lloris urges them to learn from yesterday’s mistakes.
Les Bleus fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to Japan on Friday evening, which left their Coach frustrated, but still focused that the pressure for the World Cup qualifier with Spain next Tuesday will lie with Vicente del Bosque’s team and not his.
“I think it was an undeserved defeat. I liked the attitude against an organised team, the number of chances we had, the diversity of our movement. The intentions were there,” said former Juventus midfielder Deschamps afterwards, before following it up with a reprimand.
“I never like to lose. I am unhappy with the players regarding the efforts they have made. But we will not dwell on this, we will recover and prepare for the game on Tuesday.
“We have less to lose than Spain. It is not always the dominant team that wins.”
Meanwhile, his captain and goalkeeper Lloris hoped that his teammates were able to learn from Friday’s loss for Tuesday’s test in Madrid.
“The defeat is hard to take but it should serve us well for future games. When you cannot win a game, you have to be sure not to at least not to lose it.
“Deschamps said after the shock that there are nights like this. Obviously we cannot be happy. For Spain, though, we will feel better.”