France’s Bacary Sagna has said his team’s Round of 16 match against Nigeria won’t be a walkover.
Sagna, who made his first appearance of the tournament in France’s 0-0 draw with Ecuador, gave notice of the problems the African outfit will pose Didier Deschamps’ men.
“They are the best African team at the moment,” the Manchester City-bound full-back said on Soccerway.
“They have very good players. Some play in the biggest European clubs, especially in England.
“They will fight and they have a lot of qualities. But we want to concentrate on ourselves. As players, we aspire to go as far as possible, to win trophies.
“It would be a failure not to win the trophy. Initially, we wanted to qualify from the group. Now, we want to go step by step. There are 11 players who will start, but the 23 are important. The atmosphere is very important and we try to keep this dynamic.”