Bulgaria vs France 8/10/2017
France can ill afford to slip-up in their crucial trip to Bulgaria for their penultimate World Cup qualifier. The 1998 world champions are a point clear at the top of Group A, and would need no reminder of the pain Bulgaria inflicted on them two decades ago
Then, current manager Didier Deschamps was part of a France side was stunned by Emil Kostadinov’s 90th-minute winner that sent Bulgaria to the finals at Les Bleus’ expense.
Deschamps’s crop of players require victories in Sofia this weekend and at home to Belarus on October 10 to clinch their golden ticket to next year’s World Cup in Russia.
“It’s a really important match, we have to go to Russia. It’s more than a goal, it’s a fact,” said Paris Saint-Germain striker Mbappe, who was not born until five years after the Bulgaria fiasco.
“No that means nothing to me. I don’t know,” the 18-year-old player grinned when asked if the name Kostadinov was of any significance to him.
“Mentally we’re getting ourselves ready to go to war,” he added. “Along with that of PSG against Bayern, it’s the most important match. It’s even more important because it’s an entire country, so yes it’s the most important match since the start of the season.”