Wide depth of talent but can Didier Deschamps' France deliver?

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France coach Didier Deschamps spent part of his first day in Russian Federation defending Olivier Giroud as the Chelsea forward battles to stave off stiff competition for places ahead of Les Bleus' World Cup opener against Australia.

Manchester United midfielder Pogba struck the post, while Nabil Fekir was denied in the final moments of the game by goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

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.

"He's had this pressure around him and his performances for a long time".

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It's a known fact that Pogba -one of the world's most enigmatic players- functions best in a three-man midfield and struggles in a double pivot, hence Corentin Tolisso's inclusion.

France, who find themselves in Group C with Australia, Peru and Denmark, kick-off their title hopes against Australia on Saturday, 16 June.

Kante is certainly capable of this, but he'll have a lot of defensive slack on his plate in this system.

It wasn't exactly the most impressive outing for France ahead of next week's opener. I wish we could have Pogba like this every game.

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"Don't take any of Olivier's quality away from him".

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.

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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