France striker Olivier Giroud has been discussing what he feels are his sides main strengths ahead of their World Cup final clash with Croatia in the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
Despite Didier Deschamps being able to call on Antoine Griezmann’s world class finishing ability, Paul Pogba’s mercurial creativity, and Kylian Mbappe’s supersonic pace, it is Les Blues defensive solidity and tactical organisation that is their biggest asset reckons Giroud.
France have only conceded one goal all tournament and that came from a penalty in their first group game against Australia.
“Defensively we are very strong,” Giroud told a pre match press conference.
“Tactically we are very well organised and [against Belgium] we didn’t let their midfield play. Antoine and myself were on all day long on [Axel] Witsel and [Mousa] Dembele.”
France’s defensive style has seen them being accused of playing ‘anti-football’ by Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, although his former Atletico Madrid team-mate Griezmann soon put the Chelsea number one in his place.
If France were to win the World Cup on Sunday, it would only be the second time in their illustrious history, after they first won it in 1998 on home soil.