France will be out to avoid a Euro 2020 upset when they face Switzerland at the National Arena in Bucharest on Monday night.
Following draws against Hungary and Portugal, the French now find themselves needing to lift a gear in order to advance to the quarter-finals.
“We know it’s a new competition,” said defender Presnel Kimpembe.
“It’s now like a cup competition, and we can’t make any mistakes, otherwise it’s the end. So, obviously we’re all looking forward to it but we’re also very focused, and aware of what is going to happen, what can happen. We don’t see ourselves as the favourites. We are going to take this round of 16 match against Switzerland very seriously as they won’t make things easy for us.”
The reigning world champions will be pleased to have seen Karim Benzema ended his goal drought in national colours with Paul Pogba and Kylain Mbappe both in fine form.
France do have a number of injury concerns ahead of kick off. Influential midfielder Adrien Rabiot isn’t 100% and both Thomas Lemar and Marcus Thuram were injured in training last week.
The Swiss will not be push overs as Xherdan Shaqiri continues to shine.
“We want to go as far as possible, this side is ready to write history,” says Swiss leader Granit Xhaka.
“It’s huge night for us, for all of Switzerland. But we can only write history if we give 120%. We need to be careful against France, they have world-class players. We need to be clever. Sitting deeper doesn’t necessarily mean we’re defensive, we want to be dynamic, show our strengths. We need to focus on ourselves and on our football.”
Suggested bet: France win 2-0 at 6.20
The match kicks off at 9pm.