Doha. If Olivier Giroud scores against Denmark on Saturday, he will go past Thierry Henry to become France’s top goalscorer with 52 goals. The team would like to seal a place in the knockout stage by registering a win against Denmark at the Stadium 974 here. If Tunisia and Australia draw in this group on Saturday, defending champions France will qualify for the next stage as group winners.
A lot is at stake in this match but France captain Hugo Lloris does not want to take any chances. He said that if you think too far in any competition, you can slip. We have a big target ahead of us tomorrow. After playing a draw against Tunisia, the Danish team would like to win this match at any cost. In the team’s last match against Australia, Giroud and Mbappe won 4-1 by showing a great game.
France’s forward line looks strong but the team’s defense has been weakened by injuries to Lucas Hernandez and a few other players. Central defender Raphael Varane has not played since suffering a hamstring injury against Manchester United on 11 October. France coach Deschamps indicated that Verne would be on the field on Saturday. He said he could have played the first match (against Australia) because he was fit. The important thing is that he feels mentally and physically prepared. He is all set.
The French team is not taking Denmark lightly because it has suffered two defeats against this team in the Nations League. While Denmark will look to exploit France’s weak defensive line, it will also be interesting to see how the team tackles the new front line led by Giroud and Mbappe.