France v Bulgaria live stream, Sky Sports, Tuesday 8 June, 8.10pm BST
France face Bulgaria in their final pre-Euro 2020 friendly on Tuesday night.
Didier Deschamps’ side won the 2018 World Cup and are now seeking to replicate the France team (in which he played) that won back-to-back tournaments in 1998 and 2000. Les Bleus are the favourites for this summer’s pan-continental edition, and would appear to have a stronger side now than they did three years ago.
Indeed, Karim Benzema is back in the international fold after a prolonged absence, and Kylian Mbappe is now more mature and more developed than he was in Russia - when he was still good enough to win the Young Player of the Tournament award.
Given the strength of the squad at Deschamps’ disposal, anything other than all-out glory at Euro 2020 would come as a disappointment. France do not just have more quality than the other 23 competitors, but they also possess trophy-winning experience that most others lack.
Deschamps has a settled system too, with Adrien Rabiot set to replace Blaise Matuidi in the more defence-minded left-sided role that helped balance France out at the World Cup.
All three of the heavyweights could advance to the knockout phase due to the competition’s 24-team format, but a third-place finish would potentially land France a difficult route to the final. Les Bleus will not fear anyone, but they still would have hoped for an easier draw.
Bulgaria have qualified for two European Championships - in 1996 and 2004. They have missed out on every edition since the latter, though, and did not come particularly close this time around with a fourth-place finish in their qualifying group. France should have little trouble registering a feel-good victory on Tuesday.
Kick-off is at 8.10pm BST and the game is being shown on Sky Sports Premier League in the UK. See below for watching details where you are.
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