(Reuters) – France is not going to let up regardless of having already secured their passage to subsequent yr’s World Cup in Qatar and can look to complete qualifying on a powerful observe in opposition to Finland on Tuesday in Helsinki, mentioned head coach Didier Deschamps.
The holders booked a spot on the finals with a sport to spare after 4 objectives from Kylian Mbappe led them to an 8-0 demolition of Kazakhstan on the weekend.
“It isn’t a pleasant match and it’s the final sport for the France workforce this yr. On my facet and on yours (media) too, there can be an evaluation relying on the end result. We’ll play to get the most effective end result,” Deschamps informed reporters on Monday.
France are high of Group D with 15 factors from seven video games, 4 factors forward of Finland in second place. A win for Finland on Tuesday will assure a playoff spot whereas a draw would imply they must depend on different leads to the group.
Deschamps added that everyone was match and out there however he was prone to make a couple of probabilities with captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris the one participant sure to start out.
“I at all times assume that we should respect the sport and our opponents… we now have the peace of thoughts of coming right here realizing that we aren’t enjoying for qualification. However that is not what is going to trigger me to make roughly modifications. There can be a couple of,” he mentioned.
France are unbeaten in qualifying — with 4 wins and three attracts — and the supervisor mentioned retaining that document intact would act as additional motivation in opposition to Finland, who beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-1 away on Saturday.
“Gamers all have an curiosity in performing in addition to attainable, now and in relation to what lies forward as effectively. They’re opponents. We had a fantastic second of happiness on Saturday. We’ve got to do it once more to get the end result we would like,” Deschamps added.
(Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru; Enhancing by Ken Ferris)