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Deschamps ready for Georgia test
Mar 22, 2013 1:07 AM EST
France head coach Didier Deschamps is expecting a physical battle when his side face Georgia in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Friday.
France sit level on points with Spain at the top of Group I and are likely to be vying for top spot when they meet in Paris on Tuesday.
Looking to Friday's game first, Deschamps said while he expected his side would control the majority of possession against third-placed Georgia, he feels it will be a tough contest at the Stade de France.
"We are not going to be in the same situation and playing with the same tactic tomorrow against Georgia as we are on Tuesday again Spain," Deschamps said.
"It's logical to assume that we will have more control over the ball tomorrow but that it will also be a physical game of football.
"We expect to spend more time in the other half against a well grouped 11 in Georgia. We have been rehearsing some scenarios and planning a lot for both of the games this week."
Uncapped midfielder Paul Pogba has earned a call up to Deschamps' squad, and the manager talked up the Juventus player's ability.
"Paul Pogba is a midfielder who can play in both a defensive or offensive position, which is an important quality for the club and country," he said.
"However Pogba has another rare quality in football, he is an excellent shooter. He has had a difficult run of form recently but that also depends on the system he is playing in.
"Juventus play with three midfielders. He even played on the left at some point in Serie A this year.
"We will play him where it suits for him to play, in front of the back four, he brings his physical presence and when he is higher up on the pitch he can shoot and bring extra solutions forward with or without the ball. This provides us with options."