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Deschamps: France still has room for improvement

The coach believes that his side has plenty of opportunity to get better as the tournament goes on as the team prepares for a quarterfinal encounter with Germany.

Didier Deschamps says that France has the potential to get even better heading into its quarterfinal against Germany in Rio on Friday.

Les Bleus progressed beyond the second round after a 2-0 win over Nigeria, with a Paul Pogba header breaking the African side's resistance before Joseph Yobo sliced into his own net late on.


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France has received plaudits for its performances in the World Cup so far, most notably a 5-2 win over Switzerland in the group stages, but Deschamps insists that the team has not yet come close to reaching its peak.

"There is room for improvement," the 45-year-old was quoted by L'Equipe. "The group is young. Even when things are going well, there are always aspects that can be improved."

Deschamps, a World Cup winner in 1998, noted that there are a number of aspects to address if France is serious about mounting a challenge for a second World Cup title.

"The precision in technical interchanges, complexity in movement [can be improved]," he continued. "The defensive aspect is something we can work on. But in the offensive space, it's more complicated. It requires more time to get it right."

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