France coach Didier Deschamps said on Friday that his team wants to get the job done when they host Kazakhstan in an important 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier at the Parc des Princes.
The world champion will qualify for the finals scheduled for next year in Qatar, one match before the end, if he wins on Saturday, before facing Finland next week.
After their shock exit from the European Championship last 16 against Switzerland in June, France rose to victory in the European Nations League, with notable wins over Belgium and Spain in the semi-finals and final. But Deschamps called on his players to settle the task.
“Winning the European Nations League does not give us any guarantees. The France team has proven its character and mental strength,” he told a press conference, adding that the harmony between Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann in attack was improving.
“We lost that harmony for ten minutes against Switzerland, but he was there before and after it. The cooperation between this trio was good in October. We want to improve the front line. Kazakhstan is not as strong as Belgium or Spain. I don’t mean any offense to the opponent but we must finish it.” This assignment is on Saturday.
France has 12 points from six matches in Group D, and is three points ahead of Ukraine, who played a game more, while Kazakhstan is at the bottom of the table with three points.
Real Madrid striker Benzema is now ready, despite not participating in group training before Friday’s training session.
“We don’t want to take any risks,” Deschamps said. “Karim also knows how to deal with the situation, after a slight physical problem with Real. He will participate in the evening training today and will be ready on Saturday.”