Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Giroud expected to be fit, Pogba to start against Australia - Deschamps

Giroud expected to be fit, Pogba to start against Australia - Deschamps

France begin their World Cup on Saturday when they play Australia in Group C, before games against Peru and Denmark. All of those players are capable of making a telling impact and France's substitutes could end up being just as crucial as the starting XI. Griezmann's ability to find space, make runs in behind the defence and score vital goals could be the difference between this being France's tournament and one that they would rather forget. But Deschamps insisted that "there are no problems" with Pogba.

Dropping Pogba, therefore, allows Deschamps to revert to a 4-2-3-1 formation.

The Frenchman started his campaign in fine form but an injury ultimately cost him his momentum and when he returned he struggled to put in top performances.

Dropping Pogba, therefore, gives Olivier Giroud a chance to come into the side.

The home win in 1998 was the last time France won the ultimate prize in world football and now 20 years later, expectations are high for the 23-man squad travelling to Russian Federation for this year's tournament.

The beauty of N'Golo Kante is that he can effectively perform the role of two defensive midfielders, meaning a more creative option can be selected alongside him in a two-man double pivot. As midfield players you need to defend first and that is what he is doing, he is focusing on the team.

Kante is certainly capable of this, but he'll have a lot of defensive slack on his plate in this system. I wish we could have Pogba like this every game.

However, as history has shown, more often than not, it is the team that gels, plays to a plan and hold their nerve in the tense moments that end up lifting that glinting golden trophy.

Like this: