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2014 FIFA World Cup™

Switzerland-France: Quotes

Head coach Didier Deschamps of France looks on
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Ottmar Hitzfeld, Switzerland coachI’m obviously very disappointed. It was an extremely tough 90 minutes for us. We weren’t able to demonstrate our potential. We started fairly well, but the second goal really hit us hard, and it was difficult to come back from that. We had to push forward and got caught out by their counter-attacks. The players finally reacted with those two goals, but it was too little, too late. We are still hopeful of qualifying, though.

Didier Deschamps, France coach
It was almost absolutely perfect. It was an ideal outing, during which we scored five goals against a good side, won 5-2 and reached six points. We now look forward to the next match. We’ve got a good goal difference, and the third match will decide who finishes top and second in the group. We prepared well for the first two games, and we’ve played in an efficient manner. This is still the first part of the tournament. We need to finish the job against Ecuador, and then we’ll be in a very different kind of competition.

Karim Benzema, Budweiser Man of the Match We all played well, and we got off to a really good start, continuing where we left off against Honduras and playing as a team. And we really are a team. There’s no sulking; those that start the match and those that come on as subs put in the same level of effort. I feel great, but we need to keep it up, as I can only perform well with the help of my team-mates. 

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