Didier Deschamps and his players are “special” to have made it to a home last against a Portugal side helped by Pepe’s wellness however expecting to end a ten-diversion losing run in the event that they are to lift a first real trophy.
- Portugal – peering toward a first significant trophy – tackle has France in UEFA EURO 2016 last
- France have won their last ten diversions against Portugal, a run going back to 1975
- France mentor Didier Deschamps: “We have to grab this open door”
- Les Bleus additionally won EURO ’84 and 1998 FIFA World Cup on home soil
- Portugal’s Fernando Santos says his side have “incredible conviction”
- Portugal shield Pepe anticipated that would be announced fit to begin
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Doubtful: Pepe (thigh)
Pepe missed the semi-last with a thigh damage however prepared on Saturday and “didn’t express any grumblings”, as indicated by Fernando Santos. William Carvalho is required to supplant Danilo in focal midfield.
France should be unchanged, despite French media speculation about N’Golo Kanté being brought in to stiffen the midfield and whether Dimitri Payet should start after a quiet game in the semis.
Fernando Santos, Portugal
I’ve said before that our goal was to play in the last and win it. We have extraordinary conviction since we need to make the Portuguese individuals glad. We need to give them something to celebrate.
I don’t believe there’s any point examining the France group. Everybody knows them extremely well. Right from the earliest starting point I’ve generally said there would be three top choices to win this opposition: France, Spain and Germany. And afterward there were different contenders, including Portugal, who could maybe likewise win it.
On the off chance that we need to pay consideration on people then we would need to stress over everybody – I would need to list each and every name in the France group. They have surely understood, top-quality players who play at enormous groups far and wide. Obviously, every individual player can have the effect, yet Portugal additionally have a solid group with individual match champs.
I’ve said commonly the amount I acknowledge and am thankful for all the backing we’ve had each day, at the stadiums as well as in transit there and at Marcoussis [the Portugal preparing base]. Tomorrow we will require them much more.
Didier Deschamps, France
We have this chance to wind up European champions. Whether you’re 18, 20 or much more seasoned, there’s an opportunity to win a title and we have to seize it without pondering what may happen later on. The players know they’re favored to play the UEFA EURO 2016 last at home in Paris.
We haven’t had an opportunity to take a shot at strategies since the semi-last. It’s all been about recouping from that match, however I’m sure my players will be prepared for this gigantic amusement.
[My win as a player in 2000] has a place with the past. This is their story. I’m a piece of it, obviously, on the grounds that I’m the mentor. I utilize it further bolstering my good fortune, the actuality I’ve won significant rivalries as a player; that helps me, yet I never discuss the past. What makes a difference now is the present and what’s to come.
Portugal have a considerable measure of value and it’s no mischance they’re here. Like us, they were censured toward the begin of the competition. Like us, they are currently in the last. They are an accomplished group who can adjust their framework to manage rivals. Their cautious triangle is strong. They don’t attempt to win the ball back high up the pitch, however attempt to break rapidly with their two brisk players in advance.
EURO2016.com team reporters
Joe Walker, Portugal (@UEFAcomJoeW)
No one would have trusted you in the event that you had said Portugal would make it to the last after their 1-1 draw with Iceland on matchday one, however here they are. Santos, to be reasonable, has been unshakable they would win the trophy from the off and now they are only one diversion away. The arrival of Pepe at the back is an immense support, while the choice to begin William Carvalho or Danilo to trick Paul Pogba and Co is a major one. On the off chance that the same Cristiano Ronaldo that played against Wales turns up, Portugal could well be good to go.
David Crossan, France (@UEFAcomDavidC)
This last must be won by the French for the fantasy to materialize. Deschamps’ squad have managed a large number of issues over the previous year and dependably created the products on the field. They have stayed unflustered this competition notwithstanding when in peril, and in Griezmann they have a genuine worldwide star. I back Les Bleus to be conveyed to triumph by the French open, who hold the players in nearly as high regard as the brilliant era that caught up FIFA World Cup achievement in 1998 by lifting the trophy at UEFA EURO 2000.
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