France and Germany are squaring off in the quarterfinals and it is a rivalry with a rich history. It includes the incident when German goal keeper Harald Schumacher flattened Patrick Battiston, an incident brought up a lot in the wake of the Luis Suarez incident.
France coach Didier Deschamps is trying to get the rivalry’s history out of the players mind and get them focused on re-writing history.
“We have played a very good World Cup and we will have a major opponent in Germany who is used to these situations,” Deschamps said, via Sky Sports.
“They always seem to get to the quarter-finals, semi-finals or final so are more experienced.
“Our strong points are that our players are very competitive and some play for major European clubs at a top level so we have had to make them more united.
“The fact that you are in the French team means you have duties and responsibilities and the spirit has been very high since the beginning of our preparation period.
“There is no pressure on the players, history is what has been and gone and tomorrow we will maybe write a new page in history.”
You can see the Schumacher-Battiston incident below: