Spain coach Vicente del Bosque admits that he fears France ahead of their 2014 World Cup qualifier next week.
La Roja were held to a 1-1 draw by les Bleus back in October and Del Bosque admits that at times his side was second best to their opponents in that game.
The two teams are tied at the top of Group I, but Spain remain ahead due to a superior goal difference, and Del Bosque admits that he expects a tough battle.
“Didier Deschamps has very good players. These are players who are as good as ours as they showed during the second period of the first leg of Spain-France [October 16]. I can even say that at some point they were better than us," he told RMC.
“We are the first to have confidence in our players but we keep a huge respect for the France team and our opponents. I fear this tie. I have great respect for the French and now the difference between the two teams is not as important.
“There are great players in the France team - as good as ours - and it is obvious that the French team at the Stade de France will have the motivation to play against us, and will be at the top of their game.
“The French are proud people and it is obvious that they will do everything to beat us.”