Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris believe his France side have come on leaps and bounds since their disappointing Euro 2012 campaign.
After the 2-0 defeat at the hands of Spain at the quarter-final stage in the summer, Lloris feels his side have closed the gap on the reigning world and European champions since and admits that La Roja were ruthless in Tuesday night's victory at the Stade de France.
He said to Goal.com: "At the Euros, there was no contest, but the last two meeting have been encouraging because they have been against the best team in the world.
"Tonight was all about fine details. We know that everything is still possible, but the Spanairds took their chances."
France were top of Group I going into the match and anything but defeat would have put Les Bleus in pole position to qualify automatically from the group.
However, the Tottenham shot-stopper was helpless to deny Barcelona winger Pedro scoring a second-half winner and the Frenchman has admitted they have been left to rue their missed opportunities.
"It's a shame. We had a great opportunity to keep first place, but we did not have the desired success," he added.
"We made a lot of chances as we have seen tonight."
The summer signing from Lyon has made a good impression at Tottenham in his first season for the club. Lloris has taken the reigns from Brad Friedel and looks set to be a stalwart of the Spurs side for many years to come.