Nobody mentioned France when discussing potential winners at the World cup. Apart from French people. After the debacle at the last tournament they were almost automatically out of everyone's thoughts. However, the manner in which they have started the tournament suggests that they may have been done a disservice.
They were expected to beat Honduras but their destruction of Switzerland was considered much less likely. Switzerland are a disciplined side with attacking talent and a solid midfield but France outclassed them and were in complete control of the game.
France have an impressive squad and it seems like there is a level of cohesion and togetherness that was drastically lacking at the last World Cup. Rumours of infighting and an awful performance led to wholesale changes by the French FA. This time around they have a team that is firing on all cylinders and seem to really be playing for one another. Their goal celebrations against the Swiss showed team spirit, with inspirational pep talks each time.
They have one of the best goalkeepers around in Lloris, this being an essential foundation to success. In Sakho and Varane they have two young and solid centre backs that are quick across the ground and very strong in the air.
The French midfield against Switzerland was so impressive, with Matuidi, Cabaye and Sissoko constantly pressing and maintaining control of the game. The diminutive Valbuena is also very dangerous and gets into excellent positions in the box outside the full back. Of course they also have Pogba, the most coveted young player in the world right now, who has bags of ability despite being raw. His pass with the outside of his boot for Benzema to score his second was pure class.
Olivier Giroud, despite not being hugely popular in France by all accounts, leads the line very well and is very mobile as well as being able to hold the ball up. He also showed how dangerous he is in the air and his work rate cannot be questioned.
Then we come to Karim Benzema, the man who seems to be the best one minute and then being transferred away from Madrid the next, but when he is on form he is nearly unplayable. Strong, quick, good feet and a natural finisher, when his confidence is up he must terrify opposing defenders. He seems full of confidence now, just look at "the goal that didn't stand" at the end of the game, and he is looking to take this tournament by storm. He was involved with so much in the game against the Swiss and showed a real unselfishness for several of the goals.
France may not have been fancied before the tournament, but nobody can deny that they are serious contenders now.
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