FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Analysis - France National Team

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Analysis – France 

FIFA World Cup 2018: Team Analysis – France
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Les Bleus as they are called, France national team has an abundance of talent both on the bench and starting lineup going into the FIFA World Cup 2018.
The team are so luxurious that they left out the likes of Anthony Martial, Kingsley Coman, Alexandre Lacazette and Dmitri Payet to name a few.
If the team can play to their potential, there are hardly a few teams that can stop them. However, despite all the talent they have in their squad, the team is filled with young talent with most of them playing their first World Cup. It could be a disadvantage if they manage to reach the final stages where experience plays a massive role.
The small details could play dividends in such big games. With no further delay, let us take a more in-depth look at French national team.

Defense

Hugo Lloris has been a consistent performer for the national team over the years. However, his little dip in form in recent games could be a cause for concern, but despite that, he should start in goal.
Raphael Varane has come off age at Real Madrid and was key in Real Madrid’s success over the past couple of seasons. On the other hand, Samuel Umtiti’s meteoric rise at Barcelona made him the most sought-after young Center Back in world football.
Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy should start at left back after his performances over last season. Monaco’s Sidibe has been a cornerstone in national team’s right side of defence and will play a massive role at the FIFA World Cup. They also possess young Pavard, who had a tremendous season at Stuttgart in Bundesliga.

Midfield

Despite his frustrating relationship with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, Paul Pogba is a vital cog for French national team. The young midfielder has been one of the best midfielders in Europe in the last five years.
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However, he should shake off his poor season at United and reach his potential if he wants to help France to glory.
Meanwhile, the hard-working N’Golo Kante will provide the shielding to the defence in his position. The Chelsea midfielder will also have a significant role in France’s fate in Russia.
Corentin Tolisso had impressed at Bayern Munich after his move to Germany last summer. But if coach Deschamps wants the experience, he could opt for Matuidi.

Attack

Although highly inexperienced, France has one of the best attacks in world football at the moment. With Kylian Mbappe, they have the most sought-after teenager in world football.
Add Ousmane Dembele to the mix, and they have two top-class talents who are ready to prove their worth at the biggest stage.
Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann’s return to form is a major boost for France going into FIFA World Cup 2018. The Atletico Madrid’s centre-forward was one of the driving forces for the national team during the Euro 2016 and will need to continue his good form.

France squad for World Cup 2018

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille), Alphonse Areola (Paris St-Germain).

Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Atletico Madrid), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris St-Germain), Benjamin Mendy (Manchester City), Benjamin Pavard (Stuttgart), Adil Rami (Marseille), Djibril Sidibe (Monaco), Samuel Umtiti (Barcelona), Raphael Varane (Real Madrid).

Midfielders: N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Blaise Matuidi (Juventus), Steven N’Zonzi (Sevilla), Paul Pogba (Manchester United), Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich).

Forwards: Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Nabil Fekir (Lyon), Olivier Giroud (Chelsea), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Thomas Lemar (Monaco), Kylian Mbappe (Paris St-Germain), Florian Thauvin (Marseille).

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