France captain Hugo Lloris has told his team-mates to forget about past results when they face Germany in the quarter-finals of the World Cup.
Les Bleus have not beaten Germany in the tournament since 1958 but Tottenham star Lloris insists the last-eight showdown is a chance for France to start making amends.
He said: “There is a long history between both nations but as far as we are concerned we live for the present moment, we want to write our own history.”
Germany are known as an experienced nation when it comes to tournament football which is borne out by the fact they have reached the semi-finals in the last three World Cup while they went all the way to the final in 2002.
However, Die Mannschaft have not lifted the trophy since 1990 in Italy with France’s solitary world title coming on home soil in 1998 when they stunned Brazil in Paris in a 3-0 win.
Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps was the captain back in those days and ahead of the meeting with Germany at the Maracana Stadium he has claimed Joachim Low’s players are the ones who are expected to perform in Rio.
“Germany is very accustomed to this competition,” said Deschamps. “Experience is more on their side, but we will play our game.
“There is no pressure on the (France) players, history is what has been and gone and we will maybe write a new page in history.”
France are 2.09 to advance to the semi-final stage in Brazil while Germany 1.83.