The manager of France national football team, Didier Deschamps, has said that it’s the experience which was the real difference between his side and Germany in the first quarter final match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup.
Germany defeated France by a narrow margin of 1-0 in that match to register a place in the Round of 4.
The comeback man, Mats Hummels, gave Germany an early lead which the Les Blues were not able to nullify.
It’s the third time that Germany has knocked France out of the World Cup by beating them in the Round of 8. Before this, they had done that in 1982 as well as in 1986.
France desperately tried to find the equalizer. During the dying stages of the match, they launched a number of attacks on the opposition goal, but, not on a single occasion did they manage to finish.
Replying to the questions of the reporters in the post match press conference, Deschamps said, “Most of their players have seen such occasions before. They have a lot of experience and thus, they were calm and relaxed. We, on the other hand, haven’t played too many big games and were feeling the heat at the start. We had a few chances later on though, but, the finishing touch wasn’t there and their goalkeeper was spot on too. So, all in all, I would say their experience saw them through.”
“The boys are gutted and that’s obvious because they know that Germany could have been beaten. I also have the similar feeling at the moment, but, I think we can return home with pride because we gave it our all here.”
In the semi final round, Germany will take on the host nation Brazil on the upcoming Tuesday.