France Coach Didier Deschamps has sought to characterise his side as big underdogs ahead of their clash with Spain in Madrid.
Deschamps side are level on points with the Spaniards at the top of World Cup qualification Group I, but the gulf between the two is considerable, according to the former Marseille tactician.
“Many other teams follow Spain's philosophy,” he declared at a pre-match Press conference. “They have so much quality with the ball the opposition is forced to defend itself.
“Clearly we no longer have players like Zinedine Zidane, but we have good players like Franck Ribery and Karim Benzema.
“If you look at Spain's list, most have over 50 appearances for the national team. I have just three or four players with that experience.
“It is not disputed that Spain are the best team in the world, they have won the last three major tournaments.”
Deschamps closed with praise for opposite number Vicente del Bosque.
“He is an example. He has won many titles with Real Madrid and the national side. He is a man of great humility that has known great players and managed them well.”