Matuidi upbeat ahead of Uruguay showdown


France midfielder Blaise Matuidi is confident his side can see off Uruguay in the World Cup quarter-finals despite his own absence.

The Juventus star will miss the last eight clash with Uruguay due to suspension.

It remains to be seen who will replace Matuidi in Les Bleus starting XI, but Matuidi is confident coach Didier Deschamps has strong enough options to fill the void.

‘We are like a family – we are all together,’ he said. ‘My replacement? I am not the coach. It will be a difficult match, but not a nightmare. We know this, but we can also trouble any team ourselves.

‘The coach is very thorough, he is very close to his players. The most important thing for him is to know how to put our opponents in difficult situations.

‘France are moving forward positively with him – I tip my hat to him.’

France produced their best display of the tournament in the last 16 with a 4-3 win over Argentina and punters may wish to use their free bet to back Deschamps’ men to secure another win over South American opposition on Friday.