Deschamps happy despite France’s goalless draw

Date published: Monday 20th June 2016 10:26

Dimitri Payet

France boss Didier Deschamps refused to criticise his side after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Switzerland.

Dimitri Payet and Paul Pogba, twice, hit the woodwork as the hosts topped Group A at Euro 2016 despite drawing a blank in Lille.

They had already reached the last 16 following two previous wins and Deschamps, who made five changes to his team, did not feel they could have done much more.

He told UEFA.com: “Switzerland keeper (Yann) Sommer was the man of the match and, when the goalkeeper is man of the match, that shows we had chances.

“I know the players are well aware that we can improve in a number of different areas. That said, but for a great goalkeeper and a few centimetres, or being more clinical, we could have scored goals.

“There was a time when people said we weren’t very good defensively but at least we’ve stabilised that – without compromising on our forward threat.

“Positives? The results. We got through, scored goals and created chances, and resolved a number of things defensively in a short space of time. There was a lot of focus on defending set pieces. In terms of our control in attacking play, we can always do better, but I’m pleased with what the players are doing.”

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