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Germany is our target now, says France

Thursday, July 03, 2014

RIBEIRO PRETO, Brazil - France coach Didier Deschamps has sought to temper growing expectations generated by his team's impressive run to the World Cup quarter-finals.

Les Bleus defeated Nigeria 2-0 in the last 16 game in Brasilia to set up a quarter-final meeting with Germany on Saturday.

Under Deschamps' steady guidance, France have risen majestically from the ashes of the chaotic 2010 campaign in South Africa.

But the skipper of the 1998 world title-winning side was keeping his feet firmly on the ground back at his squad's Brazil headquarters in Ribeirao Preto.

"I'm a realist, my target, like my players, is Friday," he said the day after goals from Paul Pogba and an own goal from Joseph Yobo downed Nigeria.

Deschamps, 45, added: "It doesn't serve any purpose to look any further ahead.

"The reality now is Germany on Friday."

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