Les Bleus defender admits his side struggled to find its rhythm against a stubborn Three Lions outfit, but believes the display will serve as a good springboard for the finals.France right back Mathieu Debuchy has praised his team’s performance against England on Monday, but has insisted that its Euro 2012 campaign is just getting started.
A superb Samir Nasri strike earned Les Bleus a 1-1 draw with the Three Lions in their first Group D encounter after Joleon Lescott opened the scoring, with Roy Hodgson’s side frustrating its opponent with a dogged defensive display.
Karim Benzema and Patrice Evra spoke of their frustration at being unable to turn possession into meaningful chances in the second half against a compact England back line, but Lille fullback Debuchy believes the result was a positive one given the balance of play early on.
"It's still a good draw and a good result," he told reporters. "When you see the beginning of the game, it makes sense and we are content.
"[It's] Awesome to play against England, it is not easy to get inside [them], but we had to. The first 20 minutes we were struggling but as the game went on, we had more control of the ball.”
France takes on Ukraine in its second Group D match on Friday in Donetsk, with the co-host currently sitting top of the section following its 2-1 win over Sweden on Monday night.
Debuchy believes his side will take encouragement from its opening display into what will be a tough encounter with Oleg Blokhin’s outfit.
"This is the beginning,” the 26-year-old said. “You have to take it all in in a big competition, there are several factors. It will help us for the next games.
“We have always said that Ukraine would be there in this group. It will not be straightforward, it’ll be a tough game."
Follow GOAL.COM USA on