Didier Deschamps is mostly renowned for a pragmatic style of football, although the former Monaco and Juventus manager is winning round the country thanks to steering Les Bleus to the 2018 World Cup final.
Let’s not forget that France reached the final of Euro 2016 before an unexpected defeat against Portugal in extra-time, although this is a stronger team who haven’t looked like losing a match in this World Cup.
The French produced modest performances during the group stage but still came through with seven points and have subsequently enjoyed wins over Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium.
The 4-3 victory over the Argentineans didn’t reflect how superior the French were to their opponents, although the latter two opponents were shut down effectively and it makes sense to consider a win to nil for them here.
As for Croatia, they are clearly no mugs and won Group D before coming through against Denmark and Russia on penalties.
The Blazers were stifled during 120 minutes against both opponents although produced the goods against England to recover from a goal down and claim the spoils.
Ivan Perisic was a notable performer in that match, with Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric and Mario Mandzukic also rising to the fore and there are similarities with this Croatian team compared to France.
However, N’Golo Kante is going to be the best defensive midfielder on the pitch and Kylian Mbappe can work magic in tight spaces and should relish the big stage.
All things considered, we will go for a slender 1-0 win for France considering that was the outcome against Belgium and Les Bleus will look to close things out accordingly.