France didn’t see too much of Cristiano Ronaldo in a 0-0 draw with Portugal in their Nations League clash on Sunday, and France manager Didier Deschamps was pleased with that.
“We can always do better, but the opponent’s quality is also there. They take precautions like us, with respect to the opposite players like Cristiano, who we didn’t see that much tonight,” Deschamps told M6 post-match.
“We can always do better, but there is also the opponent’s quality.”
“The movements are often not successful, the pass even comes a little late often. The defensive sector and the midfield performed very well. We have to do better in the last phase to be able to win the match even though it might have been on a set piece like they already had.”
“I knew Portugal was a great team, and tonight we saw it. When there are objectives, it’s better, but hey, there is consistency and not just attack.”
“I think we were stronger in the second half, a good, reasonably tactical game. On one side and the other, we had more control but few chances. On both sides, there is consistency, it could have changed.”
“We took the upper hand in the second, I believe, but without succeeding in creating a lot of shifts as they also produced very little on their side.”