Didier Deschamps hailed the complementary partnership between Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe after France ended their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 win over Finland.
Benzema’s deflected 66th-minute effort and a sublime individual goal from Mbappe, who had teed up the Real Madrid star for the opener, 10 minutes later ensured victory for Les Bleus in Helsinki.
The result denied Finland a place in the play-offs as Ukraine finished second in Group D. France, meanwhile, end qualifying unbeaten and are undefeated in their past 27 competitive matches, though that run includes the stunning Euro 2020 shoot-out loss to Switzerland, a streak that stretches back to June 2019.
“We must not forget Antoine Griezmann,” Deschamps said afterward when asked about Benzema and Mbappe.
“It looks easy because the two players are technically complementary.
“They will have a lot of club matches between now and our next meetings. But the combination of all these talents allows the France team to be even more efficient.”