World Cup 2018: France Vs. Australia Preview - Does Didier Deschamps know his best XI?

The short answer is no. His entire tenure so far as the manager of the French National Team is evidence that despite the pool of talent he has to work with, Didier Deschamps does not know his best XI. The odds of him playing five defensive midfielders to muck up the game is the probably the same as Deschamps having a front three of Mbappe, Griezmann and Dembele. France, like Argentina could easily surprise us all by winning the World Cup. Yet, this French side is entirely capable of capitulating in the Round of 16. The French side is blessed with one of the most potent and talented attacking line ups in the tournament. It should not be this hard for Deschamps to field the right squad. 

Antoine Griezmann is one of the best players in the world and could start for the best club sides in the world. That being said, his ridiculous video to confirm that he will stay at Atletico Madrid was ludicrous to say the least. For weeks on end the football world was in agreement that he was to move to the Camp Nou. Instead, he attempted to recreate The Decision. Complete with Hollywood production value, the French Talisman walked us through the behind the scenes of how he came to decision to continue to squat in Madrid. To be fair to LeBron James, his broadcast raised $2.5 million for charity with an additional $3.5 million being raised through advertising. All Griezmann achieved was that he freed his mind of the pressure he built up for himself. 

Australia seem like the happy-go-lucky side that ecstatic at knowing that they are here at the World Cup. With fans who will create a great atmosphere and the Socceroos are expected to play with passion and heart. This is embodied by their longest tenured player and the only Australian player I know of, Tim Cahill. I expect him to score header or a ridiculous volley that will make Deschamps reconsider everything he knows about football. At the end of the day, the Australians are expected to put up a valiant fight in a losing effort. 

Biggest X-Factor: Didier Deschamps and Paul Pogba 

Predicted Starting XI (France): Lloris (gk, capt), Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernandez, Tolisso, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, Mbappe, Dembele

Predicted Starting XI (Australia): Ryan (gk), Risdon, Milligan, Sainsbury (capt), Behich, Mooy, Luongo, Rogic, Leckie, Kruse, Nabbout

Prediction: France 3-1 Australia 

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