World Cup: Didier Deschamps delights in France victory over Switzerland
Last Updated: 20/06/14 11:32pm
Didier Deschamps claims France are in an ideal position after watching his side race to a 5-2 victory over Switzerland at the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Salvador.
Olivier Giroud, Blaise Matuidi, Mathieu Valbuena, Karim Benzema and Moussa Sissoko all struck as France took control of Group E with two wins from two.
After beating Honduras 3-0 in their tournament opener, France continued to show impressive signs as they dominated an off-colour Swiss side, who managed to steal two late consolation goals.
Giroud got the French flurry underway with a 17th-minute header before Matuidi struck within 13 seconds of the restart.
Valbuena slotted a third after a fine counter-attacking move and Benzema redeemed his earlier penalty miss with France’s fourth before Sissoko added a gloss with his first international strike.
"That was a very good match, we did a lot of things right," Deschamps said in a television interview.
"Five goals against a strong Swiss team, we've got six points, that's ideal.
Five goals against a strong Swiss team, we've got six points, that's ideal.
"We've got a group with strong opponents. We've prepared well but have to get through the match with Ecuador and then we'll start from scratch again in the next round."
It would have been the perfect night for France had they not suffered two late blemishes on their card, which Deschamps admits were disappointing.
Blerim Dzemaili was allowed to strike a long-distance free kick straight through the French wall before Granit Xhaka added a late consolation after a neat chip from Gokhan Inler.
"It was more than perfect before those two goals," he told TF1. "It's a beautiful evening.
Victory over Switzerland puts France on the brink of a place in the Round of 16 with a match to spare, although Deschamps was quick to dismiss the 'favourites' tag.
Only an Ecuadorian victory in Friday’s final match against Honduras would stop France securing a place in the last 16 before their last group match against Reinaldo Rueda’s side on Wednesday.
"If there is a draw between Honduras and Ecuador we are qualified," he added. "Otherwise, there will be a third game that will decide the final ranking.
"Are we are favourites? No, we have a group to get through. We were well prepared for these two games and we were effective. The knockout stages are a new competition."