France's Ousmane Dembele dribbles the ball during a training session at the 2018 soccer World Cup in Glebovets, Russia, Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (AP Photo/David Vincent)

Fear of failure to motivate France's stars against Australia

June 14, 2018 - 7:29 am

KAZAN, Russia (AP) — With a group of players worth more than a billion dollars, anything other than a win against Australia will be deemed as a failure for France in its World Cup opener.

The amount of individual talent within the France squad is impressive, including players such as Paul Pogba, Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe, Nabil Fekir, and Antoine Griezmann.

Having such star power assembled in Russia would be a dream for most coaches. For Didier Deschamps, it looks more like a headache.

France's identity of play remains unclear as Les Bleus prepare to open Group C against Australia in Kazan. Many questions remain about the team's capacity to play as a unit during the tournament, 20 years after a French team led by Zinedine Zidane was crowned World Cup champion.

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