Key Selection Dilemmas for France in World Cup Clash with Switzerland

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Key Selection Dilemmas for France in World Cup Clash with Switzerland
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Right now, Didier Deschamps doesn’t have a care in the world. As Patrice Evra said in Wednesday’s press conference, the only worrying thing is how well everything is going.

The France coach took a slight chance in his starting XI for Sunday’s game against Honduras, and the 3-0 victory was complete justification for his decisions.

Now, going into Friday’s game against Switzerland, Deschamps has very few concerns and has absolutely no reason to change the side that started the opening game.

The attacking trio of Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann and Mathieu Valbuena worked to perfection. There was a great amount of movement and fluidity, which worked perfectly against the more powerful and rigid Honduran back line.

France’s second group game against Ottmar Hitzfeld’s Swiss side promises to be a tougher challenge than that offered by the CONCACAF team. The side ranked sixth in FIFA’s rankings will try and keep the ball more than Honduras, but they will also be just as difficult to break down.

It is unlikely that Deschamps will make any changes to the front line—pace and movement look the best way to attack Hitzfeld’s side. All 11 players who started on Sunday deserve their continued place in the team, but there are a couple of decisions that the World Cup winner will have to mull over before Friday’s match.

Here are some of the key decisions that Deschamps faces this Friday.

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