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Deschamps: Italy is a top-quality rival to France
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Deschamps: Italy is a top-quality rival to France
France coach Didier Deschamps has praised the effect that Cesare Prandelli has had on Italy's style of play, and believes his side can learn many things from the Azzurri.

The 2006 World Cup winners surprisingly reached the final of Euro 2012, but eventually crashed to a 4-0 defeat to Spain, but the former Olympique de Marseille coach would like his country to follow their lead.

"They would be a good example to follow," he told reporters.

"Prandelli has relied on the players, and changed the philosophy of the team, and it was surprising to see the Italy team progress. With that risk-taking, they were rewarded, even if the final did not go well."

The World Cup-winning midfielder went on to say that his side have developed well in recent months, citing last month's 1-1 away draw with Spain.

"It was an intense experience in Spain, with lots of emotion at the end. I spoke to many people, and they experienced the thrill. We saw a greater commitment within the France team," he said.

Deschamps also commented on Franck Ribery's recent statement saying that he is more committed to Bayern Munich than to France, but the coach feels the winger's comments were lost in translation.

"He speaks in German, in Germany and it's translated. That might give the impression that I'm going to defend him, but I don't need to," he said.

"When you know what Bayern have done for him, it's natural that he feels a lot of affection for them. When he is here, with the joy and determination he shows, I have no doubt about his commitment to France."

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