Deschamps relieved to stop rot
By Football News
Didier Deschamps was pleased to see his France side stop the rot in their friendly with Belgium on Wednesday.
France had lost their previous three games before claiming a 0-0 draw at the Stade Roi Baudouin - and their manager feels avoiding another defeat was essential ahead of their crucial FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Georgia and Belarus next month.
"This gives us no guarantees for September but it launches the season and it's still a good performance for Team France. Overall, this is good," Deschamps said.
Despite his satisfaction with his side's showing, the 44-year-old went on to express his concern that they failed to find the back of the net, even though they had numerous chances through the likes of Karim Benzema and Franck Ribery.
"We created a lot of situations, but we did not score. This is the negative side," the former Marseille boss added.
Eric Abidal made his first appearance for France since February 2012 after undergoing a liver transplant and Deschamps was happy with the Monaco defender's showing, adding that his experience and influence on the side is important as they battle to qualify for next year's showpiece in Brazil.
"He confirmed his good form and we see that it is full of calm and serenity, which is necessarily good for those around and in front," the manager added.