Only a complete collapse from France will now stop them advancing into the round of 16 of the 2014 World Cup and it is with this knowledge that Didier Deschamps has some interesting team selection decisions to make before Wednesday’s final group game against Ecuador.
After the 3-0 win over Honduras, Deschamps had very little issues to mull over, in the end he made two changes to the starting XI—both of which came off perfectly—now he has some definite concerns to mull over before facing Ecuador.
Yohan Cabaye smartly picked up his second yellow of the group stage and will miss the game. There are injury concerns over centre-back pairing Mamadou Sakho and Raphael Varane, plus Deschamps would like to rest a couple of players before the round of 16.
Barring a disaster in Rio de Janeiro, France will qualify as winners of Group E and will go on to face either Nigeria or Iran in the first of the knockout games. Deschamps will want to have some of his key players rested and fresh if he wants to guide France far in this competition.
Here are some of the key decisions that Deschamps faces this Wednesday.