Blaise Matuidi unconcerned by France World Cup qualifying struggles

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Despite Kante's injury, Les Bleus clinched their first victory in Bulgaria for 85 years to move back to the top of Group A in the race to qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Bulgaria and France at The Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia on October 7, 2017.

France booked their spot at the 2018 World Cup with a shaky 2-1 win over Belarus in their final qualification match.

Of course, France has also dropped points to Belarus in qualifying, falling to a scoreless draw to Tuesday's opponents 13 months ago.

"There was a bit of tiredness and fragility because a lot was at stake", Deschamps said.

"We had to fight to the end and play like men!"

Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky.

The last match between the two resulted in a 0-0 draw. I don't ask my team to go out there and wait and see what happens. "From that point, I always thought we had to win all our remaining games because I was convinced the Swiss wouldn't drop any points before coming to Lisbon".

But with the injured Ousmane Dembele, Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy still to return, Matuidi told reporters: "We have huge potential. You can't obtain worldwide experience just by clicking the fingers".

The teams France and Belarus of Group A face against each other today in the UEFA World Cup Qualifying.

The game will be played at Stade de France. "It's a special game for the whole team because it's our last chance to take points and prove to everybody that we're capable of competing against very good opposition".