France’s performance so far in the 2014 World Cup has been phenomenal. Even if they lose this match to Ecuador, they can still carry on with the Round of 16. On the other hand, On the other hand, Ecuador desperately need this win to move forward to the next round.
However, France’s team coach Didier Deschamps is very humble in accordance to their upcoming match against Ecuador.
“Ecuador has a chance to go through as well, so I’m not going to start predicting how many goals we’re going to score, even though we’ve been doing well in attack,” he said.
“I have far too much respect for this Ecuador team to think we’re going to have an easy game tomorrow. We’re taking them very seriously.”
Currently, France’s wins against Honduras and Switzerland at 3-0 and 5-2, respectively had them sitting comfortably on the Knockout Stage with six points.
Nevertheless, a draw will be beneficial to both teams, as it guarantees the top spot for France, and gives Ecuador a chance for the next round, provided that Honduras win over Switzerland.
On the other hand, Ecuador’s standing could have been better, if it weren’t because of Switzerland stealing the win from them in the last minute of the game. That game ended in 2-1.
Their other game with Honduras was a win for Ecuador. They finished it with the standing of 1-2.
Ecuador has a lot of potential, but the Swiss’ miraculous win in their opener really got them quite screwed. Now, they are hoping for redemption through France, which is not that far-fetched.
Deschamps is confident enough to enforce new players in his line up for today’s match, so Ecuador could dream of a draw.