This is one of the biggest mismatches of the Euro 2020 qualification campaign, as the defending champions France take on Moldova in an away match. Moldova are the minnows in the group H and they will primarily focus on damage limitation when they take on the defending champions. Even though Moldova have sounded confident ahead of the match, it is expected that they will defend with 11 players behind the ball. Moldova manager Alexandru Spiridon has already spoken about the attractiveness of playing against players like Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe, but the players are likely to make the mistake of giving too much respect to the opposition.
Meanwhile, France midfielder Paul Pogba has tried to downplay the lack of strength within the opposition by saying that the opposition are capable of creating a surprise. Les Bleus won the World Cup just under a year ago and they still have the same nucleus of the squad. There is even improvement within the squad with the likes of Kylian Mbappe showing much better form, while Paul Pogba has been a player rejuvenated in the last few months. Hugo Lloris is one of the disappointing names due to his lack of consistency. Moldova should not present any challenge to France, who are likely to score a couple of goals. Meanwhile, France can be expected to keep a clean sheet with the kind of dominance that they have on the ball.
Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has stressed that Paul Pogba played a fundamental role for France during their World Cup success in Russia. The Manchester United star has come for plenty of criticism from the supporters for his inconsistent performances but he has nevertheless got the backing of Les Bleus and Spurs captain Lloris.
Speaking ahead of the United game, Lloris said: “We showed that French players have character and that we’re strong together. If you’re not strong together, you fall at the first hurdle. There are players who were revelations in that regard. For example, Paul. People have always been telling him to focus on the team, and he couldn’t have done it any better than during the World Cup. He was at the team’s service from the start to the end and was rewarded for that. We were all rewarded.”