France continued their stepping up through the gears at the World Cup after comfortably triumphing over Oscar Tabarez’s staunch Uruguayan outfit 2-0.
Following their solid yet unspectacular progression from the group stage, they’ve really got going since by defeating two of South America’s finest in Argentina and Uruguay. Indeed, worryingly for the other remaining sides, they just keep getting better with every passing match, as they head into a mouthwatering semi-final clash with Belgium.
Brimming with outrageous talent, pace and athleticism, Didier Deschamps’ men looked confident and assured against one of the most collectively strong and determined teams around, who are always difficult to face of with. “I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today,” Deschamps explained.
“We had more mastery, especially in the second half. I have a young team and the requirements are higher as you go. Against Argentina [in the previous round] we grew, it wasn’t easy. That could have been a one-off but today, to perform at a high level again, I think we’ve shown our mettle and that’s good news for us.”
Dominating for large spells, Les Bleus controlled proceedings successfully, blending intelligent movement, crisp passing and dynamism admirably. Importantly, they accompanied this with a robust, disciplined defensive effort, hardly giving Uruguay a sniff on their way to keeping a deserved clean sheet.
Although Deschamps wouldn’t be drawn into commenting on his team’s chances of going all the way, the ever improving French are unquestionably hitting their stride at just the right time.
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