Eliaquim Mangala feels that France have the best manager to deal with the Euro 2016

Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala feels that France have the best manager to deal with the Euro 2016 in the form of Didier Deschamps.

The former Marseille manager has been leading the national team for the last three years. Even though the national team has been going through a period of crisis with the lack of young and upcoming players to supplement the former stars,Deschamps has been able to get a decent set of results so far. The biggest challenge for the manager will come in the Euro 2016. Since France hosts the tournament, they have already qualified and have been involved only in friendly matches so far.

This is not likely to provide a big challenge to the team. As a result, the manager will have to call upon his experience in order to find a way to motivate his players.Deschamps now setting out to about winning with the French national team after having been part of the 1998 team that won the World Cup in front of their own supporters.Deschamps has been relatively successful manager, but there have been few who have replicated national team success both as a player and as a manager. The home advantage will be a major aspect that could determine the success of the French national team. more

Didier Deschamps says that there is every opportunity for Hatem Ben Arfa

France manager Didier Deschamps says that there is every opportunity for Hatem Ben Arfa to feature in the national team before the Euro 2016 starts.

The former Newcastle United winger has been in fine form for French outfit Nice. Once regarded as the next Zidane, his career has gone off the rails in the last few years. Ben Arfa went down to the level of playing for Hull City, who are in the Championship. However, a loan move back to France appears to have rejuvenated him and he has been in impeccable form over the first few months of the season.

Ben Arfa has already notched the seven league goals in just 10 games. Even though the club have not been able to benefit fully from this form,Hatem Ben Arfa is starting to get noticed once again at international level. Since he enjoyed a great reputation almost a decade ago, it helped the 28-year-old to quickly notch up 13 appearances for the national team. However, he has not featured for France at any level since the 2011-12 season when he made five appearances. Such has been his decline in form, butDeschamps has seen enough in the player to suggest that he may be ready for the national team once more. more

Ribery still important for Bayern

Bayern Munich’s David Alaba announced that even with all the injuries that Franck Ribery has been sustaining for the past 2 seasons, the French winger still has an important role to play in Bayern Munich and the Austrian defender is confident that Ribery will be able to make his return into the playing grounds and bounce back from all of his recent physical struggles.

David Alaba said: “Franck is a guy who is very strong mentally. I am not too worried about him. He wants to make his comeback as soon as possible and is working hard to achieve that. Bayern still need Ribery. Franck can become very important for us once more.” more

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign

West Ham have made one of the best starts to a league campaign and this has largely been down to the brilliance of Dimitri Payet.

The 28-year-old has made only a few appearances for France since his debut in 2010. However, he was hoping that his good form with West Ham might see him get back into the national team on a consistent basis. Returning to the international fold will especially be important for the 28-year-old given that the upcoming Euro 2016 will be held on home soil.Payet has been impressive in the opening six games of the league.

Manager Slaven Bilic has built the team aroundPayet with the French international supporters by the likes of Sakho and Victor Moses. There is a lot of competition within the national team, but the recent downturn in form was expected to help lesser-known players likePayet. After suffering defeats in back-to-back friendly matches in June, manager Didier Deschamps has been able to get on the form back on track with two victories over Portugal and Serbia in this month. Only friendlies await the team between now and Euro 2016. Hence, they are likely to be extremely important in terms of preparation. France face the likes of Denmark, Germany, and Armenia in the next few matches. more

Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain

France national team boss Didier Deschamps midfielder Yohan Cabaye should consider a move away from Paris St Germain if he is to feature regularly for the national team.

The former Newcastle United man made a £20 million switch to the French capital over a year ago. Prior to the move, he was one of the influential defensive midfielders for the national team. However, his place in the national team has come under national threat largely because of his lack of football at PSG. PSG manager Laurent Blanc has primarily preferred the duo ofVerratti andMatuidi.

Since PSG have been able to win a famous quadruple with these two players in the centre of the park, it is highly unlikely that Blanc will be changing the personnel anytime soon. Hence, the prospects ofCabaye featuring for the national team are diminishing fast according toDeschamps. He says that the 29-year-old should consider a swift exit in the summer. The Frenchman is at the age when he will be considered as an important aspect by many clubs. Once he hits the 30 mark,Cabaye will find it difficult to make a move toward top club. The midfielder has himself admitted that he would be open to the possibility of working with Alan Pardew, who is at Crystal Palace, once again. more

Jeremy Mathieu might have done heroics for Barcelona

The French centre half Jeremy Mathieu might have done heroics for Barcelona in the most recent El Clasico, but, it was not enough to make Didier Deschamps feel that not selecting the centre back in the national squad for the next two friendly fixtures was a mistake.

Deschamps is still backing his decision. He reckons the choices that he has made, there is some sort of logic behind it and he is fully convinced that the Les Blues are going to fetch some very good results.

Ever since Mathieu has found the net in the Clasico, the French media has been moaning about him not being picked in the national Squad and that it’s going to harm the French team’s chances.

Deschamps is, however, on a different page. According to him, whenever a player is excluded from the national squad and then, he puts up a good performance somewhere, he sparks a debate. But, people should see from manager’s perspective and understand what he is trying to do.

Speaking to the media, Deschamps said, “You have got to back your choices. There’s always going to be different opinions on the squad that you have come up with. But, as a manager, if you have made a decision, you must believe that it will work for the team.” more