Deschamps ready for prestigious Spain tie

France boss Didier Deschamps is looking forward to building on his side’s recent win with victory over Spain in an international friendly on Tuesday.

Les Bleus defeated Luxembourg 3-1 in a World Cup qualifying match on Saturday with Olivier Giroud netting a brace either side of an Antoine Griezmann penalty.

Speaking after the match, Deschamps said he was delighted with the performance ahead of taking on the former World Champions.

He said: "We got the job done; that's what we came here for. It's never easy; every match is tough."

He added: "The quality of the pitch didn't suit the team that was there to play creative football and inject some speed it proceedings. 

"Luxembourg have a quality XI and they were well organised. They left us very little space to work in."

And looking forward, he concluded: "As to what team I will field against Spain, I sincerely don't know. I didn't choose tonight's line-up with an eye on Tuesday's clash. I want a maximum of players to get game time. It won't be the same kind of match as tonight. It's a very prestigious match."

Luxembourg coach Luc Holtz was, meanwhile, naturally disappointed to have come away from the Stade Josy Barthel with a loss to France.

He said: "Of course I have regrets. At 1-1, we gave away the penalty very quickly, too fast -and on the first goal, passes were made in a pressure zone where they should not have been made. 

"On all three goals, we made mistakes. Unfortunately, we did not manage to get back to 2-2 when we could have. However, overall I am very satisfied with the performance of my players. 

"We managed to hold France for a long time to 2-1, and if we had scored a second goal, God knows what might have happened. I am also very proud of what we have produced. We stood up to one of the favourites for the next World Cup."

Sevilla's Adil Rami has been sidelined with a calf injury, meaning Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte has been called up for the Spain clash.

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