Speaking to the media after the match, the former Marseille boss hailed his players for raising their game against tough opposition.
"I think we deserved the result, we played against a beautiful Uruguayan side but we were better than they were today," he told reporters.
"I have a younger team, and they've already played as a team before, but today's requirements were even higher because the opponents become better as you progress.
"I like to reach my goals like everybody else but I don't look at this from a personal perspective. My pride is related to the entire group and here I want to mention my technical staff who help me day in day out. I'm not doing this for myself, I'm there for the team."