France will be taking on Germany in a friendly match looking to build on their win over Italy a few months ago. The team has been enjoying a renewed hope under the new manager Didier Deschamps. Despite this, they have managed just two victories in the last four matches. As a result, there is a real need to win against Germany. France have underperformed in the last few major tournaments. They have been unable to get past the group stages in these tournaments. Deschamps has been handed the task of not only getting the French team to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, but also doing well at this tournament as well.
He has said that matches against top opposition like Germany provide a great opportunity to test the quality of the team. Germany have been one of the best teams in the world over the last few years. Even though they have not won a major trophy for a long time, they have qualified for the finals in the semifinals of major tournaments like the World Cup and the European championships. Deschamps has said that there is clearly a lot of optimism within the players and the fans, but it needs to be confirmed with a victory against Germany.
“It’s a prestigious game against a very good German side. It helps us to prepare with a view to the two qualifiers awaiting us at the end of March against Georgia and Spain. The optimism is there, now everyone is awaiting confirmation. The squad is coming together. We have a very long road ahead but good results are always welcome. Of course it’s a friendly, but it’s a chance to build on the good things we’ve been doing recently,” said the French manager. He recently replaced the outgoing manager Laurent Blanc.