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‘France must and will do better in next game’

Kazan, June 16: France head coach Didier Deschamps said on Saturday that his team must and will do better in the next game following their 2-1 hard-fought win over Australia in the World Cup Group C opener.

“The first match is always a major one. We are very happy that we won a highly difficult and complicated game,” said Deschamps.

France, led by the front of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele, failed to create many chances in the game against Australia.

“I think we lacked some speed in the passes and we don’t push forward and move backward very quickly,” the French coach said during the post-match press conference.

“We have not done a great game, although they have had only one opportunity which is the penalty we gave them. I do not want to say too much because they are going to sound like excuses. I think we’ve let Australia slow down the game. We have lacked speed and coordination in our offensive dimension.”

Regarding the first-used VAR technology which helped France earn a penalty, the 49-year-old coach said “an error is corrected” because of the new technology. IANS

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