Speaking to radio station RMC, Montpellier Hérault SC coach Rolland Courbis touched on Paul Pogba's role for France, who drew 1-1 with Serbia on Sunday – Les Bleus' first centralised friendly of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying campaign. "We'll have to find a balance to give him more space," he said. "He shouldn't be wasted in an anchorman role − he has the talent for the final third. Let's dream a little bit, but if we win EURO 2016, I wouldn't be surprised if he is the best player in the tournament."
UEFA EURO 2016 hosts France are in Belgrade to face Serbia tonight in the first of ten 'centralised friendlies' against the nations in the five-sided qualifying Group I, having beaten Spain 1-0 in Saint-Denis on Thursday.
"What is the purpose of the game?" Libération asks. "Les Bleus will be the 'shadow and stowaway' team of the section with two games played against each side. The main point is that the French FA won't have to achieve wonders of diplomacy to attract reasonable teams. For France, the next two years resemble a nice tour of the country, with the task of maintaining fans, sponsors and media interest after the [FIFA] World Cup [where France reached the last eight]."
French sports newspaper L’Équipe leads with "A trap for Les Bleus", saying: "Convincing against Spain, the French play another tough friendly in Belgrade. Didier Deschamps is going to restructure his team against ambitious opponents."
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