France boss Didier Deschamps has challenged his players to write another glorious chapter in the country’s footballing history ahead of Thursday night’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany.
Deschamps has no doubt the Germans, two years on from being crowned world champions, remain the best team around - indeed, he feels they have given the “best impression” of any side at the tournament so far.
But he also has great faith in the ability of his men, who are looking to emulate the achievements of the France sides of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 1984 by winning a finals they are hosting.
Deschamps said: “No one can change history, but there are some new chapters to be written and the players can write them.
“This page is currently blank and they need to fill it tomorrow. The players have belief in themselves.
“We know who the opposition are. They are still the best side in the world - but we’re really going to give it everything.”