Statements coming from French players are full of optimism and hope. Coach Deschamps may actually have the most moderate voice as he considers Honduras to have an aggressive style and excel in speed and endurance.
Most likely Deschamps made this impression only after watching Honduras draw 0-0 against England. But the truth is Honduras are quite slow and most of the players are over 30. In-fact even their playmaker Palacios is fastly approaching 30 (next month).
When it comes to aggressiveness it is true that Honduras can be quite savage sometimes, especially because they are slow and often outrun in the defensive phase. Making fouls is the sole possibility of stopping opponents’ actions. In the friendly against England three defenders got a yellow card and one of them a red card.
According to reports from Brazil, the mood inside the French national team is great and every single player is bursting with confidence. This doesn’t necessarily mean that France will disrespect the opponent, on the contrary, they will be fired up and ready to achieve full potential.
Besides the known injuries of midfielders Ribery and Grenier, France are at full strength. Cabella and Schneiderlin were called to substitute for the injured players.
There’s a big possibility that France will start with the same lineup as against Jamaica (France won 8-0). The only change could be winger Griezmann instead of forward Giroud. Griezmann showed increase playing appetite in training session and even managed to score twice in the friendly against Jamaica after playing only 20 minutes. But at one point in the game Giroud will certainly be on the field, alongside forward Benzema. When that will happen France will be more offensive, will corner Honduras and will hit them from all possible positions.
Ribery is an important element for France but they have many talented players able to substitute him. Even Benzema showed he feels very comfortable on the wing in the friendly against Jamaica, scored twice and delivered two assists.
This should be a one sided encounter with France imposing the rythm and dominating the entire game. Honduras may have power of endurance but nowadays creativity and confidence are running high in French camp. France -1.5 at 2.16