Didier Deschamps: “Poland love to defend.”

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s round of 16 match against Poland, France manager Didier Deschamps has said that his opponent “love to defend.”

France finished top of their group despite losing to Tunisia in their final group-stage game – a result that is being contested by the French Football Federation. They will face Poland, who only got through their group on goal difference. Czeslaw Michniewicz’s side only conceded twice during the group stages, with both goals coming in the final match against Argentina, in which they lost 2-0. 

Deschamps has now spoken about Sunday’s opponent, highlighting their love of defending. “In the first three matches, this team was set up to defend, to defend a lot and they defend well. They love it. But we mustn’t limit ourselves to just that. There is a strong core of players with good international experience,” said the France manager in a press conference transcribed by RMC Sport. 

Deschamps is expected to line up with a side similar to the one that faced, and defeated Denmark (2-1) in the penultimate game of the group stage. Olivier Giroud, who is chasing the all-time France goal-scoring record; Kylian Mbappé, who recently became the second-highest scorer in French World Cup history; and Ousmane Démbéle are all expected to start the match.

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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