RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (AP) — While France coach Didier Deschamps has been pointedly playing down his team's expectations at the World Cup, defender Bacary Sagna is now doing the exact opposite.
France takes on Nigeria on Monday in their last 16 clash and Sagna says "we aspire to win trophies and, for me, it would be a failure not to win the World Cup."
Such bold talk is surprising, especially given how cautious Deschamps has been not to raise hopes too high after an encouraging start, which saw France thrash Switzerland 5-2 and top Group E with seven points.
But Sagna has clearly seen enough cause for optimism.
He says "the objective is becoming and more and more precise" adding that "we're four games from the title and we want to do it."