Deschamps admits that France made errors in Germany blank

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The world champion's work rate in their Nations League stalemate in Munich pleased the Le Bleu's boss but he also acknowledged his team made mistakes

World Cup winners France were some way short of their best in the 0-0 Nations League draw against Germany, head coach Didier Deschamps conceded.

After winning the famous trophy in Russia, the 49-year-old boss has had the unenviable task of re-motivating his players ahead of a spate of upcoming friendlies.

In their first outing since their exploits in the summer, Les Bleus shaded what sparse goalmouth action occurred in a drab first hour but were indebted to a string of fine saves from debutant goalkeeper Alphonse Areola during the closing stages.

Deschamps' men entertain the Netherlands on Sunday and he feels the work ethic displayed by his world champions on Thursday evening bodes well for the team ahead of the clash.

"The match was quite closed, even if there were occasions when we were better and at times it was them," he told TF1.

"There were some technical errors [in possession]. All the players are at the best on the physical level. The players made every effort to secure the draw."

Deschamps acknowledged facing a Germany side on their first outing since a humiliating group-stage exit at the World Cup presented a particular challenge.

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He added: "Our goal was to win, but Germany is coming out of a trauma. This is a good result, we will recover and in three days we put [effort] back in."

Next up for Germany is Peru in an international friendly that falls outside of the newly established Nations League tournament, which should provide manager Joachim Low with the perfect opportunity to blood some of the young talent within his squad.

 

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