France displayed the full range of their aggressive firepower as they sustained their arrangements for the World Cup in persuasive fashion with a 3-1 win over Italy in a friendly on Friday.
Roberto Mancini’s second game in charge of Italy, who did not qualify for the World Cup, offered a clad confront with Mario Balotelli looking hazardous on his club turf at Nice.
Les Bleus, who take on Australia, Peru and Denmark in Group C in Russia this month, prevailed thanks to goals by Samuel Umtiti, Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele.
Four days after pounding Ireland 2-0 in Paris, France tackled harsher hostility but their weapons made the difference even if coach Didier Deschamps made seven changes to the team.
Paul Pogba started in midfield but performed below par, meaning the inconsistent Manchester United player could lose a starting spot to Corentin Tolisso.
“We showed that we can be fast and create a lot of chances,” said Deschamps, who was France captain when they won their only World Cup title in 1998 on home soil.
“We have a good mindset but let’s keep our feet on the ground. Let’s stay how we are – ambitious and enthusiastic.”