Head-to-Head:France and Australia have never faced each other in the World Cup. The last instance when these two teams faced each other ended 6-0 in favor of the Les Blues in a 2013 friendly match.
France:Les Blues under the management of Didier Deschamps are much stronger than their previous World Cup sides. After a dismal FIFA World Cup 2010 and a Quarter-Final finish in Brazil at the FIFA World Cup 2014, France have grouped well since then and made into the finals of the 2016 Euros. The depth and versatility in their squad is what makes France a genuine contender this time. France didn’t have much of a struggle in qualifying for the FIFA World Cup 2018. They started the preparations on the right note with victories over Italy, Ireland and Russia.
Key Players :Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid) After deciding to stay at Atletico Madrid over expected transfers to Barcelona, the French forward would be looking to do amends for the Euro 2016 finals. Griezmann was the key for France reaching the 2016 Euros Finals by netting 6 goals, scoring two against Germany in the Semi-finals. He also netted 29 goals for Atletico Madrid this season.
France would want Antoine Griezmann in the best of his form if they want to get the Golden Trophy starting with today’s France Vs Australia. Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) The shot stopper and captain will also be the key for France between the sticks. With 98 caps for the national side, the Tottenham goal-keeper is a proven leader and a excellent communicator on the field. Lloris will also be the pivot in France’s performance at the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Footage of Antoine Griezmann & his friend asking for autographs of the France squad pre the 1998 World Cup. 20 years later, Griezmann a leading light for France in their pursuit for glory in Russia. pic.twitter.com/ciTblWx7bf— Get French Football (@GFFN) June 11, 2018
Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe are the other players to watch out for at the World Cup. France also boast of players like Pogba, Kante, Fekir, Varane and Umtiti assembling a really world class team.
France kick off their World Cup campaign tomorrow going head to head with Australia.. Here is the man himself. Captain. Leader. Legend. Hugo Lloris pic.twitter.com/Yd9w5tWAxd— uhlsport UK & IRE (@uhlsportUK) June 15, 2018