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Pogba 'likely' to start WC opener - Deschamps

International Friendly- France vs USA Pogba 'likely' to start WC opener - Deschamps
Kristopher Love | 14 June, 2018, 10:18

"There are very high expectations for him".

Paul Pogba is still "very likely" to start France's World Cup opener against Australia, France boss Didier Deschamps says, despite some underwhelming performances during the recent friendlies.

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.

They will get their campaign underway on June 16 against Australia.

The France worldwide was criticised for his performances last season and was publicly called out for his displays several times by boss Jose Mourinho. People have to remember he is only a holding midfield player and he has orders from the manager.

"People expect him to be decisive every single game but he is a human being, he has his own qualities", Sagna told Omnisport at the launch of social media ranking tool Primetag.

Therefore, dropping Pogba encourages Deschamps to use a 4-2-3-1 formation, one more suited to counter-attacking football, a style of play that better fits France's personnel.

Taking a page out of Luis Enrique's book whilst he managed Barcelona, France could bypass the midfield altogether, focussing on quick transitions from back to front, with long balls from defence into a front three of Griezmann, Mbappe and Dembele, allowing the trio to work their magic with freedom in the final third.

Paul Pogba should be used from the bench by France at the World Cup, according to Graeme Souness.