Deschamps down on France chances

May 26, 2014 08:42:09 UK

Didier Deschamps has suggested France will need a “miracle” to win the World Cup and believes there are “six or seven” rival nations all with better chances.

The French needed a second-leg play-off victory against Ukraine to book their place in Brazil and their preparations have been overshadowed by Deschamps’ decision to omit Samir Nasri of Premier League champions Manchester City from his squad.

Four years ago Les Bleus imploded in South Africa and failed to make it out of the group stage, with player unrest and dressing-room rows to blame.

This time around the 1998 tournament winners have been pitted alongside Switzerland, Honduras and Ecuador in Group E, but Deschamps does not hold out much hope.

“I’m going to Brazil with lots of ambition but I’m a realist, too,” said Deschamps, who featured in both of France’s triumphs at the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000.

“There are countries that are much better than us on paper. We can’t hide from the truth. The only match that France won in the group stage of a World Cup in the last 12 years was against Togo in 2006.”

Emerging stars Mamadou Sakho, Raphael Varane and Paul Pogba have been ushered into the senior set-up and are widely viewed as the flag-bearers of the next generation of talent, but Deschamps feels France have some way to go to reel in their rivals.

Deschamps added: “I can’t talk about winning the World Cup.

“There are teams who are far ahead of us, including a team who won the last World Cup and the last two European Championships (Spain). There are six or seven. To win it for us would be viewed as a miracle.”

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