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Portugal will be better than France next year - Santos

17:21 GMT+4 05/09/2015
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Despite losing to les Bleus on Friday, the Seleccao coach feels his side are certain to improve on the Euro 2016 hosts

Portugal coach Fernando Santos believes his team will be better than France by the start of Euro 2016.

An 85th-minute Mathieu Valbuena free kick was all that separated the teams in their friendly in Lisbon on Friday.

But an upbeat Santos was pleased with what he saw from his team, who are top of Group I in qualifying ahead of a clash against Albania on Monday.

"It's clear that we have to improve our game in some aspects but I guess we had a good performance," he told reporters.

"We made it an open game, as I've said, for moments the game was under Portugal's control, in others, it was France time.

"So I guess we showed that we can beat France. It wasn't the case today, here, but I believe it will be so in some months, when we are over there, in France."

Portugal endured a disappointing World Cup 2014 campaign, failing to navigate their way out of the group stage.