There is no doubt the Euro 2016 will deliver in terms of excitement. Countries like Germany, Spain, Belgium and England are looming large ahead of the chance of being crowned Europe's elite but one side should be feared more than the rest.
The recent international break gave us a glimpse of what is yet to come and the expectations are as high as they have even been for France following their recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Russia.
The Blues demonstrated championship-winning material and certainly asserted themselves as favourites for the upcoming tournament with their high intensity, pace and hunger. It would all indicate that France are the team to beat this summer, and if you still have a few doubts here are a few more reasons why.
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After Spain and Italy respectively won the second and third versions of the tournament in their own backyard, France were the last team to emulate this feat and ended up successfully hosting and winning the UEFA European Championship in 1984. Playing in front of their own fans should give the players a huge psychological boost, particularly in the latter stages of the tournament.
A fine mix of youth and experience
The French squad has the perfect mix of exciting prospects, young talent, and experienced players. The likes of Patrice Evra, Lassana Diarra and Bacary Sagna add maturity and balance, while Paul Pogba, Rafael Varane and Anthony Martial give the squad the vitality they need.
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A manager who tasted national glory
As a player, Didier Deschamps led France to some memorable successes, winning both the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 as their captain. The 47-year-old icon has all the insight and the potential to inspire the team to victory. Who is better to lead than a man who knows every technicality and every little detail of the game?
Incredible squad depth
Squad depth is one of the most important aspects of modern football. When all is lost, game-changing substitutions are demanded. It has been well-reported just how many quality options Deschamps has to choose from but potential game-changers like Kingsley Coman, N'Golo Kanté and Dimitri Payet could make all the difference off the bench. If Karim Benzema ends up on the final squad list, he just might be the last piece of the puzzle.
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