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Germany's Joachim Low remains cautious over resurgent France ahead of friendly clash

The former Stuttgart manager has issued a warning to his players, claiming France are 'not the same side' as the one which endured a miserable 2010 World Cup

Germany coach Joachim Low has admitted to taking a cautious approach in his preparations for his side’s international friendly against France on Wednesday,

The 52-year-old has reiterated France’s improvement since crashing out of the 2010 World Cup, by claiming they are ‘very difficult to break down’ and are dangerous going forward.

“I think France are a different side now to the one we saw at the World Cup in 2010,” said Low to reporters in the pre-match press conference.

“They have a new manager and have only lost one game since September 2010 and they haven’t lost in a long time.

“I think they have only conceded four goals in their last 10 games, which shows just how well-organised and disciplined the French side have become.

The former Fenerbahce boss did not shy away from praising the French squad, singling out the likes of Franck Ribery and Patrice Evra as being among the ‘best in the world’.

“They’re defensively very difficult to break down and have very good players going forward – some of whom I believe are the best in the world,” said Low.

“Ribery, [Samir] Nasri, [Eric] Abidal, Evra – I could go on... They are playing in the very best clubs and have a lot of quality.

“I’m expecting an interesting test and we will learn a lot as always. We will use what we know about the French to prepare as thoroughly as possible.”

Germany take on France at Weserstadion in Bremen on 29 February with kick off at 20:00CET.

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