Being considered as one of the favorites to win the World Cup 2018 in Russia, France are gearing up to play their first group again against Australia this Saturday.
Determined in showing their worth, Les Blues will be keen on making a strong start and that can only happen should they able to overcome the Socceroos.
Having plenty exciting talents on their roster, Didier Deschamps’ men do have a pretty high confidence level coming into the weekend tie, though they certainly acknowledge that it won’t be an easy encounter.
It will also be a test on how strong Les Blues are mentally since there’s plenty young players in their current squad, who haven’t really have much experience yet in competing at high level international football tournament.
Meanwhile, Australia themselves are enjoying their underdog status as that can help them prepare in a more comfortable fashion since there’s no absurd pressure being put on them.
Although not having any issues of not being considered as favorite, Socceroos players warned everyone that they are not just coming to Russia for fun and will be pushing hard in upsetting all prediction.
Bert Van Maarwijk’s team possessed a strong ambition of advancing into the knock out stages of the tournament and for that, they must picked up positive result against France this weekend.
Probable starting line up:
France: Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Mendy, Samuel Umtiti, Raphael Varane, Djibril Sidibe; Blaise Matuidi, N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud.
Australia: Mathew Ryan; Aziz Behich, Trent Sainsbury, Mark Milligan, Josh Risdon; Aaron Mooy, Mile Jedinak, Massimo Luongo; Robbie Kruse, Andrew Nabbout, Mathew Leckie.