EURO 2016 opener: France v Romania preview

Romania's players take part in a training session at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on June 9, 2016 on the eve of the Euro 2016 football match between France and Romania.   / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD        (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Romania’s players take part in a training session at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, outside Paris, on June 9, 2016 on the eve of the Euro 2016 football match between France and Romania. / AFP / KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)

Possible line-ups
France: Lloris; Sagna, Rami, Koscielny, Évra; Pogba, Kanté, Matuidi; Griezmann, Giroud, Payet.

Romania: Tătăruşanu; Săpunaru, Chiricheş, Grigore, Raţ; Hoban, Pintilii; Popa, Stanciu, Stancu; Keșerü.
Doubtful: Filip (ankle)

Coach quotes

Didier Deschamps, France coach

The less the occasion weighs on the players, the better. We have been preparing for 10 June for two years. It’s important to be back in competition football. Our last official game was the quarter-final against Germany at the World Cup [in 2014]. The others have all been friendlies. The setting is the Stade de France – the opening game – so it is certainly special. This should set the tone for the whole tournament.

Obviously we’re playing in France, but the Romanian team we’re up against will not roll over and they will give their best to achieve a good result. If they want to win this match, they can’t just defend. This team know how to defend but it’s not the only thing they’re good at. I watched their most recent games and they are good going forward. I am expecting them to come with the intention of upsetting us, so it will be an interesting battle over the 90 minutes.

Anghel Iordănescu, Romania coach

This game marks the start of a great competition, the greatest on our continent, the European Championship. We are up against one of the best teams in the tournament, among the favourites. I hope and believe our players will do their best to show everybody that we have a good team, a worthy team capable of putting in a good performance. The objective is to qualify, to get through the group, and make a very good impression at the same time.

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
France: WWWWLWWWWW
Romania: WLDDWDWDDD

Did you know?
Deschamps was in the France midfield, and Iordănescu in his first spell as Romania coach, when the teams faced off at EURO ’96.

(UEFA.com)


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