Whether it is tiredness from a long and gruelling domestic season or something deeper within Didier Deschamps‘s ranks, it is simply not clicking for France at the moment, and they are at risk of ending the month without a win from four Nations League matches.
Zinedine Zidane‘s continued links with Paris Saint-Germain is not music to the ears of Bleus fans who feel a change is needed in the hotseat, as their side could only muster one point from a 1-1 draw with Austria last time out, with Kylian Mbappe coming off the bench to cancel out Andreas Weimann‘s opener.
Taking just two points from the first nine on offer leaves the world and Nations League champions down in fourth place, which would signal a highly unexpected relegation to League B should their fortunes not improve, not to mention depleting the morale levels before defending their world title.
In spite of their recent defensive woes and lack of ruthlessness, France have at least now scored in each of their last 23 matches in all competitions and can rise above their upcoming opponents with a much-needed triumph at the Stade de France.
A less-than-100% fit Mbappe has urged his side to prepare for one final push before sun, sea and sand comes calling for their holidays, but their upcoming opponents will be in no mood to see their momentum suffer an immediate hit.