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Brazil 2014

France-Honduras: Quotes

Head coaches Luis Fernando Suarez of Honduras and Didier Deschamps of France  in discussion
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Didier Deschamps, France coachIt was a great start for us – winning the opening match is very important. We played against a team that defended extremely well, even though we did hit the bar twice before Karim Benzema put us ahead from the spot. After Honduras went down to ten men, the game opened up for us. I thought Karim played particularly well, as did the team as a whole. I went for a mobile front line to avoid getting into an overly physical battle, to stretch their defence and tire them out. It took time, but it worked out in the end.

Luis Suarez, Honduras coachIt was a tough match, and they came through it better than we did. We’ve got no regrets; they were simply better than us on the day. There are certain aspects that we’ll need to improve ahead of our next game. It’s difficult to overcome a team that’s already up by a goal and is capable of holding on to the ball so well. We’ll need to retain the lessons we learned today. If it had been 11 against 11 throughout, we might have done better, but that’s football. We have to put what’s happened behind us and work towards our next match, which is going to be just as tricky.

Karim Benzema (France), Budweiser Man of the MatchI’m delighted and very proud to have scored my first World Cup goals. The crucial thing is picking up the win, but I’m aware that people judge me on how many goals I get. For me, it’s the way I play that’s important.