Deschamps pleased by French resolve

France head coach Didier Deschamps prasied his players for not giving up during a difficult 2-0 win against tenacious Albania side at the Euros on Wednesday.

Despite being heavily favoured in the lead up to the match, Les Bleus struggle to assert themselves on the Albanians and were only able to claim the three points thanks to two late goals from Antoinne Griezmann, in the 90th minute, and Dimitri Payet, six minutes into stoppage time.

"It shows the players are prepared to keep working right to the end," Deschamps told reporters.

"We are not stuck with playing one formation. We had a much better balance in the second half and were more aggressive. I would like to break the deadlock a little earlier, of course.

"They played with a lot of heart and spirit but in the end we found the solutions.

"My squad are great competitors and that is what I like to see. We were a little destabilised in the first half and we were not always working together. That is why I changed it.

"Payet is becoming more consistent and he has a lot of confidence. I am going to put him on ice to keep him fresh and maintain his performance levels.

The victory ensures that, as host nation, France are the first team to have secured qualification into the round of 16 and will allow Deschamps to experiment and give some game time to members of his squad who are yet to get out on the pitch at the European Championship.

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