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Time for Deschamps' talented France to win trophy

14 June, 2018, 10:20 | Author: Heidi Alvarez
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With France, going into this World Cup, you can be forgiven for thinking they have the best chance to lift the title, considering they are have an experienced goalkeeper, composed defenders, strong midfielders and a wonderfully-talented attack.

However, Deschamps could yet use a 4-3-3 formation without Pogba, utilising Kante as the single pivot at the base of midfield -or more advanced with Steven N'Zonzi or Blaise Matuidi holding- with Tolisso occupying Pogba's usual position.

Deschamps, as good a player as he was, hasn't quite got the Midas touch when it has come to managing, and you feel, if anything is holding France back, it is that ideal head coach for this near-perfect-looking team.

Sagna, who played against the Portuguese in Paris two years ago, believes Pogba - so often scrutinised for his performances for club and country - has the "big character" required to thrive at the tournament.

Paul Pogba
GETTY Man Utd star Paul Pogba scored twice against Man City in April

The 1998 World Cup winners were drawn in Group C and will face Australia in Kazan on June 16, Peru in Yekaterinburg on June 21 and Denmark in Moscow on June 26. What a midfielder he is.

He already admitted to French television on Sunday that Paul Pogba is nearly certain to start against Australia despite criticism of his performances this season. "And most of the times for reasons that are not really reasonable". He could use Pogba as an impact substitute.

Giroud recently scored his 31st global goal, equalling the tally in a France shirt of Zinedine Zidane, but Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele has also staked his claim for a starting berth in attack with his form in the pre-tournament friendly matches.

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