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Blaise Matuidi: 'France have improved since last outing against Germany'

Blaise Matuidi of France controls the ball during the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Round of 16 match between France and Nigeria at Estadio Nacional on June 30, 2014
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France midfielder Blaise Matuidi warns Germany that his side have improved recently, as the two teams prepare to face each other in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

France midfielder Blaise Matuidi has warned World Cup quarter-final opponents Germany that Les Bleus have improved since the sides last met.

The two teams go head to head on Friday evening, with Matuidi stating that despite remaining underdogs, his side have grown since they lost 2-1 to Germany in a friendly last year.

"Germany are the favourites because of their past record. But anything can happen in one match," said the Paris Saint-Germain midfielder, according to Gulf News.

"[Mesut] Ozil was their playmaker and we played in a 4-4-2. He slipped in between the lines and gave us all sorts of problems. But we have improved since then and this will be a different match."

France take on Germany at the Estadio Maracana, with kickoff scheduled for 5pm (UK time).

France's midfielder Paul Pogba celebrates after scoring the first goal during a Round of 16 football match between France and Nigeria at Mane Garrincha National Stadium in Brasilia during the 2014 FIFA World Cup on June 30, 2014
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