France coach Didier Deschamps has explained what he believes gave his side the advantage over Nigeria in the last quarter of the second round match which his team won 2-0 on Monday.

The former France international told reporters in Brazil that he depended on speed to outrun the Super Eagles at Estadio Naicional in Brasilia. Deschamps said as soon as they observed that the Nigerians were using a lot of energy he allowed the Eagles to tire out before making his substitutions.

“At that point we sent in (Antoine) Griezmann for (Olivier) Giroud because he would be fresh and he is a naturally faster striker than Giroud. That speed became a major factor as we noticed that the Nigerians were tired and their midfield had collapsed. And so speed made a lot of difference,” Deschamps said.

He added, “Count the number of saves the Nigerian goalkeeper (Vincent) Enyeama made in the game. Also count the number times we hit the bar and then compare to our own side of the field. How many real goal shot did our goalkeeper stop? What it means is that the real pressure on the Nigerian side and those saves with less prepared goalkeeper could have resulted to more goals.”