World champions France vow no let-up ahead of Germany clash

Dean Simpson
September 7, 2018

The squad is aging and veterans of past successes such as Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Jerome Boateng will believe that they still have a lot to offer at the global stage and the Nations League is the ideal stage for them to prove that. All eyes will be on Leroy Sane as the Manchester City star returns to the side after being left out of the squad for Russian World Cup.

The Nations League will be used as the qualifying process for the CONCACAF Gold Cup and it will also determine seeding for 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying.

- The teams will play four or six group games (depending on the size of the group) over the six dates available during the September, October and November windows.

"These matches are relevant for every single market so you optimize in each market", UEFA marketing director Guy-Laurent Epstein has said.

During some recent worldwide windows, Canada has played just one game (and sometimes none at all). The two teams have clashed 29 times so far, and France has the upper hand with 13 wins to Germany's 10. "Come Saturday, we'll be ready and give everything to do that".

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"And, I hope I will not be accused of national chauvinism, but when you consider their achievement with their national team this summer and what they have done with their clubs too, they would deserve it".

Didier Deschamps has retained the entirety of the squad that triumphed in Russian Federation, with the exception of captain Hugo Lloris and fellow goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, who are both ruled out through injury. At the World Cup, opposing teams were able to run too freely through the midfield towards the goal.

However, on a rainy night in Bavaria, the meeting of the last two world champions never really sparked into life, although the French were grateful to goalkeeper Alphonse Areola for a couple of fine saves in the second half.

"It's a galvanising effect to have this title, in terms of confidence".

"With all the positive aspects being world champion has brought, on the sporting front but also from a human and psychological standpoint, it's a huge boost".

The opening match of the Nations League top flight pitched the past two World Cup winners against each other, although Germany were going into the match having crashed out in the group stages in Russian Federation whereas it was France's first outing since lifting the trophy.

Die Mannschaft started well by building neatly from the back but France were compact at the back not allowing any penetration.

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