Germany v France: line-ups, coaches' views, form guide

We preview the opening League A meeting between the last two FIFA World Cup winners.

Germany are taking on new world champions France
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  • World champions' first game since summer win in Russia
  • France beat Germany 2-0 in UEFA EURO 2016 semi-finals
  • Areola to start for France with Lloris, Mandanda both out
  • Les Bleus' last four away games v Germany: W3 D1
  • UEFA Nations League calendar: all the fixtures

HOW THE NATIONS LEAGUE WORKS

Possible line-ups

Germany: Neuer; Kimmich, Hummels, Boateng, Schulz; Kroos, Goretzka; Müller, Reus, Brandt; Werner

France: Areola; Pavard, Varane, Umtiti, Hernández; Kanté, Pogba, Matuidi; Griezmann, Mbappé, Giroud

Reporter's view: Jordan Maciel (@UEFAcomJordanM)

Following a disappointing summer, the pressure is on Germany to provide a positive reponse in their UEFA Nations League opener – and at home against newly-crowned world champions France, they have an ideal platform to do so. Coach Joachim Löw last week admitted that he "arrogantly believed Germany could get through the [World Cup] group stage with a dominant possession game", but there will be no room for complacency against Les Bleus.

What the coaches say

Joachim Löw, Germany coach
As far as the immediate future is concerned, it's important that we make some changes in the team. We have important fixtures ahead with the Nations League, and we'll prepare the team for the challenge. With a good mix of experience and youth, we'll get that feeling of absolute determination back. The team will be different.

France's Kylian Mbappé and Benjamin Mendy
France's Kylian Mbappé and Benjamin Mendy©Getty Images

Didier Deschamps, France coach
I don't see being world champions as a burden but as something wonderful, but we won't dwell on that. We're already thinking ahead. [Germany] did not make it to the World Cup knockout phase, but they still have a great squad. We love playing games like this. [Germany are] a big team and we have to stay focused. That's high-level football: you have to win every game and keep challenging yourself.

Form guide

Germany

France v Germany: Griezmann’s EURO 2016 strike
France v Germany: Griezmann’s EURO 2016 strike

FIFA World Cup 
Qualifying – 1st in Group C (W10 D0 L0)
Final tournament – 4th in Group F (W1 D0 L2)

Last five matches (most recent first): LWLWL

France

FIFA World Cup
Qualifying – 1st in Group A (W7 D2 L1)
Final tournament – winners (W6 D1 L0)

Last five matches (most recent first): WWWWD

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