Deschamps: France cannot think of defending against Spain

Les Bleus must look to secure their advantage over la Roja according to their coach, and not just focus on stopping the side scoring
France boss Didier Deschamps saw his side take control of World Cup qualifying Group I ahead of Spain on Friday night thanks to a 3-1 victory over Georgia and promised that les Bleus will try to adopt a positive approach when they meet the world champions in Paris on Tuesday.

Goals from Olivier Giroud, Mathieu Valbuena and Franck Ribery guided the French to victory at Stade de France, and the former Olympique de Marseille boss believes that he cannot afford to change his team’s mind-set significantly prior to their fixture against la Roja, who they lead by two points after four fixtures.

“To play Spain and think of defending is not the solution,” he told TF1 after the victory over Georgia. “The most important thing is to keep first place after the match on Tuesday, and most especially at the end of the group.

"It was a surprise that Finland got a draw, but it just shows that it is hard for all the teams," he commented. "We fulfilled our contract and we will have to see what happens on Tuesday."

The France coach also said he was disappointed his side conceded against Georgia, but added that he was broadly pleased with the result.

“The most important thing was to win,” he continued. “It annoys me to have lost the goal because we were too lax. I am a perfectionist, but we still scored three goals.”

France have gained 10 points from their four fixtures, with their only dropped points a 1-1 draw in Spain back in October.