Time for Didier Deschamps’ talented France to win a trophy

Tanya Simon
June 14, 2018

Speaking to TF1 (via ESPN) Dechamps said: "There are very high expectations for him".

However, the Manchester United midfielder has put in quite a few delightful performances for France in the past, with Deschamps' preference of playing three in midfield suiting his style.

"People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager and to me a holding midfield player is there to protect the team and to defend first".

France kick-off their World Cup campaign with a Group C clash with Australia on Saturday.

Whilst it's important to have speedy wingers with a goal threat and a target man to aid in the quick transition from defence to attack, it's worthless without a central midfielder boasting an impressive range of passing, able to pick them out with long passes.

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

It wasn't exactly the most impressive outing for France ahead of next week's opener.

"People expect him to be decisive every single game but he is a human being, he has his own qualities", Sagna told Omnisport at the launch of social media ranking tool Primetag.

N'Golo Kante will also play in the French midfield, but the other spot is up for grabs between Blaise Matuidi of Juventus and Bayern Munich's Corentin Tolisso.

Ultimately, Pogba isn't that much of a liability that he deserves to dropped entirely, and he offers more to the side than he would take away if starting, but the fact of the matter is that there are ways Deschamps can avoid the midfielder if so desired.

In that time, the former Chelsea and Marseille centre-back won both the World Cup in 1998 and then Euro 2000 just two years later in a period of dominance for the French national side.

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