Deschamps concerned by playoffs
France resigned to play-offs
Didier Deschamps has admitted the prospect of facing Cristiano Ronaldo or Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a winner-takes-all playoff for a World Cup place scares him.
Deschamps will take France into their final Group I qualifier against Finland on Tuesday evening with a slim hope Georgia can spring a massive surprise and defeat current section leaders Spain and allow Les Bleus to leap to the top of the group with victory, and give him an unexpected but welcome 45th birthday present.
However, with Spain unbeaten in 29 home internationals it is more likely the reigning world and European champions will clinch the automatic qualifying berth for Brazil leaving France with a playoff next month.
Deschamps will only learn his side's opponents after Tuesday's final round of qualifiers determines the eight best group runners-up, who will then be drawn against each other in Zurich on Monday. With his team likely to be unseeded given their FIFA ranking, the former France captain already knows who he would like to avoid.
"Portugal and Sweden both have players of world renown: Cristiano Ronaldo and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. They make you afraid, but the two other teams also have qualities," Deschamps told the press, referring also to Greece and Croatia, who will be seeded in the draw.
"You can say that it would be better to avoid this one or that one, but if we're not seeds it's because those teams have a better FIFA ranking than us and have obtained better results."