VIDEO: Didier Deschamps - Benzema ‘has the rage’

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France coach Didier Deschamps said that he was impressed with the performance of his striker Karim Benzema in the win against Honduras.

France coach Didier Deschamps was delighted with the performance of striker Karim Benzema in his side's 3-0 World Cup win over Honduras.

The 26-year-old frontman netted twice and forced an own goal from goalkeeper Noel Valladares as Les Bleus ran out comfortable victors against the physical Hondurans.

And Deschamps believes that the "rage" inside Benzema will help him reach his potential at the tournament in Brazil.

"Karim Benzema went through tougher times," the coach said. "There were some things that I needed to tell him, which I did, but he is the one who deserves praise. My job is to do everything to make him as good as he can be."

He added: "The rest is up to him. It is about what he does, about his commitment, the will he finds deep inside.

"I am not going to teach him how to dribble or hit the ball or pass - he knows how to do it - but when he gets that force from inside, that rage, it makes him even stronger."

The rage that Deschamps speaks of was embodied in France's third goal, Benzema's second of the night. The Real Madrid man picked up the ball from a deflection to the right of the six-yard box, and took one touch before unleashing a vicious drive past the goalkeeper and into the roof of the net.

It was a strike of pure class to cap a display of real quality from Benzema. He is currently keeping Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and Queens Park Rangers' Loic Remy out of the side, and if he continues to put in the same kind of performances as he did against Honduras, then France will be among the tournament's favourites

France are off to a great start in Group E and they are in a good position to qualify at the top of the group for the knockout stages. A win in their next game against Switzerland would see them almost guaranteed to advance to the next round.

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