World Cup 2014: Can France Banish Demons in South America?

Arsenal’s Laurent Koscielny has blossomed into arguably the best centre back in the Premier League this season, while Manchester United man Patrice Evra has boundless experience on the left flank, despite his part in the 2010 debacle.

Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba has been one of the breakthrough talents of the season, while Yohan Cabaye has recently taken the step up to the big time from Newcastle to PSG, joining Blaise Matuidi, who will be key to any French success in Brazil.

Franck Ribery, a runner-up in the 2013 Ballon d’Or, is seen as one of the very best operators in the game at present, and was named the ‘UEFA Best Player in Europe’ for 2012/13 ahead of both Cristiano Ronaldo and Leo Messi.

The recently called up Antoine Griezmann has been outstanding this season for Real Sociedad in La Liga, and could be Deschamps’ secret weapon going forward.

Up top, Karim Benzema has been excellent for Real Madrid this season, and is one of Europe’s top marksmen; while Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud is a useful ‘Plan B’.

Although their squad is strong on paper, it is up to Deschamps to get his side playing as a unit, something they have been criticised for over the past few years; but with a formidable spine of players, the 45-year-old has all the tools to ensure the French really upset the World Cup odds this summer.

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