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Deschamps wants time for youth to bloom

13 August 2012 20:19

New France coach Didier Deschamps is looking forward to exploring the potential of his young players in a friendly with Uruguay.

Deschamps, who took over from Laurent Blanc as head of the national team following France's quarter-final exit from Euro 2012, has introduced a number of fresh faces to the squad, with some set to make their international debuts against Copa America holders Uruguay on Wednesday.

Speaking at a press conference on Monday, Deschamps spoke of how impressed he is with his squad and outlined what he expects of his players in the coming years.

"Talent has no age. Experience is not acquired overnight, it must be built up over a period of matches," the ex-Marseille coach told reporters.

"Raphael Varane is young and plays for a very big club (Real Madrid), where he is confronted with top quality players. However, the one negative thing is his reduced playing time last season. We hope that he will play more this season as he has demonstrated great maturity.

"Etienne (Capoue) also has a lot of potential. The match against Uruguay is an opportunity (for him) to discover what it feels like and what is necessary to play for Les Bleus."

Deschamps also outlined how he wishes his team to set themselves up in games: "We will rely on a solid defensive base, it is very important. We cannot build victories on a construction site, we must have a powerful defensive duo."

"I feel that the players are happy to be here. This is something that is very important to our success.

"We are not living in the past anymore, our adventure started yesterday.

"There is rivalry between players but that is natural. Some will play more than others, but everyone is happy to be here. They have shown that both on and off the pitch."

In the wake of Samir Nasri and Jeremey Menez's suspension for disciplinary reasons, Deschamps also stressed he expects good behaviour from any player selected.

"There must be exemplary conduct shown by the team," he said.

"The image that they convey can carry a lot of influence over others.

"I don't have the power to clone one single image to create a group of identical footballers, but this squad know what is right, and allowed, and what is not allowed."

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