Despite France’s progress through the so-called ‘Group of Death’ – which featured Germany, Portugal and Hungary – their star-studded side won just one of three matches, with the world-class forward Kylian Mbappe still to find his first goal.

 

And, with left-backs Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne struggling with injury, there are reports in the French media that Deschamps is poised to switch to a 3-4-3 system – a decision Pogba has reportedly been keen on.

 

“I speak with the players, to get a sense of their feelings,

“ admitted Deschamps, who is aiming to become the first man to win the World Cup and the European Championship as both a player and a manager.

 

“A bit more with the key players – even if I speak with all the players. The aim is to put them in the best possible conditions to perform well. Aside from that comes the video analysis, opposition analysis and I always make a decision to achieve the same thing: to cause them [the opposite team] problems.”

 

Should France triumph over the Swiss, they will meet the winner of the Croatia-Spain tie in Saint Petersburg on Friday (kick-off 17:00 BST).

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