Mamadou Sakho has attributed France's 1-1 draw with Spain to a rallying halftime speech from coach Didier Deschamps.
A battling second-half performance culminated in a deserved equalizer for Les Bleus in Madrid, as Olivier Giroud struck late on to cancel out an earlier effort from Sergio Ramos.
"The coach's speech at halftime mobilized us again and [the performance] reflected the state of the team's mind," the utility defender told reporters after the match.
Sakho added that expectations were low among French supporters ahead of the World Cup qualifier on the back of a surprise friendly defeat to Japan, but that Deschamps had the side fired up for the game.
"Nobody was counting on us but we wanted to hit hard," Sakho revealed after the draw, which left both sides level on seven points at the top of Group I.
"You [the supporters] can be proud of us."
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