Posted September 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
A new-look France team is in cautiously optimistic mood ahead of next month's crucial trip to Spain after beginning its World Cup qualifying campaign with wins against Finland and Belarus. Since Spain knocked out a listless France on the way to its second straight European Championship title - and third consecutive major trophy - France has changed coach, with Didier Deschamps replacing Laurent Blanc, and several new players have come into the team. Despite the rapid turnaround, Deschamps' team has managed to grind out a 1-0 win in Finland followed by a more convincing 3-1 home victory against Belarus on Tuesday. Deschamps says that ''we've fulfilled the terms of our contract with six points'' and has praised the team for showing a ''good attitude'' over the two games.
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