Deschamps: Spain need time
France coach Didier Deschamps has told Spain fans they will need to be patient as the deposed world champions look to rebuild following the break up of their all-conquering squad, saying his counterpart Vicente del Bosque is "not a magician".
Spain slumped to a 1-0 friendly defeat to France on Thursday night in their first match since their disastrous World Cup defence this summer, where they were dumped out after just two matches following defeats to Holland and Chile.
Since Brazil, Spain have seen stalwarts such as Xavi and Xabi Alonso retire, while Carles Puyol called time on his international career earlier this year and record goalscorer David Villa has all but hung up his Spain boots.
Those four players alone have won almost 450 caps between them and, as Deschamps points out, replacing that experience and ability is going to take time.
The former Chelsea and Valencia midfielder said: "We've had continuity, we've spent two years together, my players know each other.
"We have a shared history together and I think that's been seen in this game. Spain have newcomers, a team isn't built in a day.
"When you see that they don't have players like (Gerard) Pique, Xabi Alonso, (Andres) Iniesta or Xavi, who have played more than 100 international matches, who play with their eyes closed...
"Del Bosque is a great coach, but he's not a magician. He needs time to rebuild the team. On Monday they have another game which is more important for them."
France substitute Loic Remy scored the only goal of the match in Paris after 73 minutes - the new Chelsea striker finishing off a superb team move in style - as Les Bleus claimed their first win over their neighbours since 2006.
Deschamps added: "It's been eight years since we beat Spain. In this time they have dominated Europe and the world.
"This current Spain side have a quality, which is no small thing, and this has to give us confidence and allow the group to grow.
"I think this is definitely a progression with regards to our last match against Spain."
It could have been an even bigger win for France but striker Karim Benzema had a goal ruled out for offside after steering in Moussa Sissoko's cross shortly after the restart.
Benzema appeared to be behind Sissoko when the ball was played but the effort was still disallowed, much to the Real Madrid player's chagrin.
"I've not seen the replay, I don't know if I'm offside, but I'm starting to get tired about having so many goals ruled out," Benzema was quoted as saying in the Spanish press.
"The important thing is that we've won, I've enjoyed tonight a lot.
"We needed to give a good image and I think we've done well, although we've had some difficult moments when they had a lot of possession. But I think we've surprised them well on the counter-attack."