France captain Hugo Lloris believes that the quality within the national team is “explosive” ahead of the World Cup
Les Bleus head to Russia aiming to win their first World Cup title in two decades, where head coach Didier Deschamps himself captained the side to glory at home soil.
France boasts the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba and Ousmane Dembele in their ranks this summer and Lloris is confident that they can prove themselves to be a serious threat for favourites Spain and Germany.
“I don’t think the French players have the same DNA as the Spanish, the quality of France is that we can be explosive,” he told Marca.
“The Spanish and German teams like to have more possession and take their time to create, we can counter-attack at a frightening speed.
“We must be ready to suffer in difficult moments, because that’s where we have to be strong as a team and then take our chances to score.”
Expectations are high within the French camp, but Lloris would prefer to take things one step at a time and focus on progressing through the group stages first.
“Before looking to the final, you have to focus on the group,” confirmed Lloris.
“The danger is to believe that things are going to be easy, we know that at this level every match will be complicated.”You can only be focused on the present, but we do have potential and quality.”
The 31-year-old believes that the role of a captain has changed over the years and feels that the most important thing is to be firm in your convictions.
“There are different ways of being a captain, it depends on your character,” he said.
“Maybe 20 years ago the captain would have made more noise in the dressing room, today there are other ways.
“The most important thing is to be firm in your convictions and be respected by the coach and your teammates, I’m aware of my responsibility.”