Pogba 'likely' to start WC opener - Deschamps

Pogba 'likely' to start WC opener - Deschamps

France manager Didier Deschamps has made a case for Paul Pogba that he can not be expected to do everything even though he is undoubtedly a bundle of talentSpeaking to reporters ahead of Saturday's match against the U.S., Deschamps was asked often about Pogba, and in particular an interview he gave to France Football where Pogba said he wanted to be the leader of the team, and that sometimes he was judged unfairly because he is a midfielder.

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.

You can't trust him as a central midfielder and, ultimately, that's how Deschamps will see it. All of those players are capable of making a telling impact and France's substitutes could end up being just as crucial as the starting XI.

Whilst this perspective is typically disregarded as nonsensically blasphemous, RealSport look at whether there's any logic behind Souness' assertion.

They will get their campaign underway on June 16 against Australia. Griezmann's ability to find space, make runs in behind the defence and score vital goals could be the difference between this being France's tournament and one that they would rather forget. He scores a lot of goals, and regardless of whether they are lovely or not, they are still goals.

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France also boast a ball-winning machine in N'Golo Kante in midfield, who has forged a reputation as a world class midfield destroyer through his interceptions (82) and tackles (75).

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. But Deschamps insisted that "there are no problems" with Pogba.

Dropping Pogba, therefore, gives Olivier Giroud a chance to come into the side.

"There are very high expectations for him".

"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".

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