(Reuters) – France striker Wissam Ben Yedder mentioned the reigning world champions are within the hardest group on the European Championship and that they have to make a powerful begin to their marketing campaign in opposition to Germany in Tuesday’s opener.
France, who defeated Croatia to elevate the 2018 World Cup, are in Group F alongside title holders Portugal, four-time world champions Germany and thirty seventh ranked Hungary.
“It is the group of demise. There are actually good groups,” mentioned Ben Yedder.
“We’re going to begin the competitors with lots of vitality. We’re actually impatient to start out the competitors and we’re going to give it our most.
“Now we have a very massive recreation as a place to begin and we all know that now we have to be strong collectively for the primary match.”
Defender Benjamin Pavard mentioned France face a troublesome problem in opposition to the Germans, who will probably be taking part in in entrance of their residence crowd in Munich.
“The primary match could be very thrilling in opposition to Germany,” Pavard mentioned. “It’s not going to be a simple recreation in opposition to an excellent German staff. We’re not going to place any strain on ourselves.”
Les Bleus are favourites to win the European showpiece, however Pavard mentioned Germany and Portugal are additionally in rivalry for the title.
“We’re one of many favourites however not the favorite,” the 25-year-old mentioned. “We won’t simply consider it will be an automated win. Now we have to play match by match and we’ll see.”
(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru; Enhancing by William Mallard)