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Deschamps: We won't take Ukraine lightly

Deschamps: We won't take Ukraine lightly

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The former Marseille boss is happy to have avoided favourites Portugal but is wary of the class Mykhaylo Fomenko's side possess and has promised to respect them

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France coach Didier Deschamps insists his side will not underestimate Ukraine in their World Cup qualification play-off.

Having missed out on being seeded for Monday's draw in Zurich, Deschamps' men avoided a potentially daunting meeting with Portugal and will be considered favourites in many quarters to overcome a Ukraine side ranked one place above them in the world rankings.

France also have the advantage of playing the second leg on home soil.

But Deschamps told reporters: "It won't be easy. They're a team who have gone seven matches unbeaten and who concede very few goals. It'll also be a long trip for us.

"But it's a good thing to be at home in the second leg. We have to have confidence in ourselves but we should also have respect for our opponents, who will be giving their all to take their chance."

Meanwhile, Sweden coach Erik Hamren is optimistic his side have what it takes to knock out Portugal, the highest-ranked team in the play-offs.

Cristiano Ronaldo is likely to pose the major threat for a country who failed to better Russia in Group F.

Asked for his thoughts on Portugal, Hamren said: "[They are] very good on their day but we saw during qualifying that they have not so good days as well.

"It's a tough challenge but then any team would have been. I am optimistic."

Portugal manager Paulo Bento also expressed confidence, while acknowledging the challenge posed by Sweden.

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