Brazil-France: Quotes
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Ney Franco, Brazil coach: "Physically we couldn’t have been better prepared and I’d like to thank my coaching staff for that. I’d also like to thank the city of Pereira, the fans, the media – we really feel at home here. The strategy we’ve been adopting since the start of this tournament worked well again today: a first half in which we set ourselves up for a physical battle to contain and wear down our opponents, then a second period with a more high-tempo, technical aspect to kill off the game. It’s a tactic we’ve been working on for a long time now. It’s why skilful and pacy players like Allan, Dudu and Negueba started on the bench. We knew the Mexicans were very strong in the tackle, and we had to be as well so as not to leave any space. The final will have a Portuguese flavour to it. We know Portugal are very strong defensively, with Mika yet to concede a goal here. On the other hand, we have some real quality forwards, which all makes for an appealing clash of styles. We’ve been studying our opponents carefully but I know this will be a tough match, just like the Mexico and Spain fixtures."

Juan Carlos Chavez, Mexico coach: "The dream is over. We really believed we could do it. The first half was even but we were pinned back a bit too often after the break. I’m sad but we’ve had a good World Cup. The Brazil team we faced were very good, and when we conceded the first goal our morale took a big hit. We pushed forward after that and then they scored the second. That’s football for you. Tonight we didn’t convert the few chances we had, and that’s unforgivable at this level. Just before they broke the deadlock, Edson Rivera had a great chance. Unfortunately it didn’t go in and moments later we found ourselves behind. We gave our all and made good use of space, but they kept possession well and imposed their game on us. They were formidable opponents. My players are disappointed and tears have been shed, but I told them this is not finished yet. There’s still third place to play for against France, which is significant."