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Bacary Sagna: It would be a failure not to win the World Cup

The new Manchester City right back believes anything less than claiming the trophy will be viewed as an underachievement.

Bacary Sagna says France's World Cup campaign will have been a failure if it doesn't win the trophy.

Didier Deschamps' men only scraped through to the tournament after beating Ukraine 3-0 in the second-leg of their play-off having lost the first game 2-0.

Since then, the 1998 winners of the competition have gone from strength to strength, despite missing Franck Ribery through injury, and won two of its three matches in Group E to top the table and progress to the last 16.

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Nigeria now awaits in the knockout stages, and Sagna says France have only one objective in its mind, while noting the upbeat atmosphere inside the camp.

"As players, we aspire to go as far as possible, to win trophies," the right back said. "It would be a failure not to win the trophy. Initially, we wanted to qualify from the group. Now, we want to go step by step.

"There are 11 players who will start, but the 23 are important. The atmosphere is very important and we try to keep this dynamic."

Nigeria claimed its spot in the last 16 after finishing second to Argentina in Group F, having secured four points following a victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina and a draw with Iran.

“They are the best African team at the moment," Sagna said. "They have very good players. Some play in the biggest European clubs, especially in England.

"They will fight and they have a lot of qualities. But we want to concentrate on ourselves.”

Nigeria has returned to the knockout stages of the tournament for the first time in 16 years and will be looking to become only the fourth African side to make the quarterfinal stage.

The two sides will meet at the Estadio Nacional de Brasilia on June 30.

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