Thierry Henry on France's chances, Valbuena, Benzema and more

France Football

Arsenal legend assesses Les Bleus, marveling at Manchester United and Newcastle United defenders and, of course, Real Madrid's star.

"It looks like we're [France] going to have a good [World Cup]," said legendary striker Thierry Henry to the BBC about his nation's chances during the Brazil tournament that they have helped light up due exquisite performances over Honduras (3-0) and Switzerland (5-2).

A lacklustre 0-0 draw with Ecuador last night, Wendesday, will not have soured their group performance as a whole as Les Bleus still finished top of Group E with seven points and guaranteed their progression into the knockout rounds.

Henry believes the difference between this squad and the bitter exit from Euro 2012 and their South African implosion at the World Cup four years prior, is "togetherness".

He said: "You see in the team what we didn't have for a very long time. [Didier] Deschamps has the habit to make people be good, play better. He's a legend for us, in France. You listen a bit more when he talks to you. He has done it at the highest level, he knows what he is talking about."

  OppositionTouchPassPass AccCross AccShotGoalSaveClean Sheet
France Honduras (3-0) 832 656 91.0% 32.3 20 3 100.0% 1
France Switzerland (5-2) 538 347 80.7% 30.0 22 5 50.0% 0
France Ecuador (0-0) 763 549 86.7% 23.1 21 0 100.0% 1

On the team as a whole, the veteran athlete commented: "When you look at the back [Mathieu] Debuchy is playing well, [Raphael] Varane is playing well then Patrice Evra is back to his best. [Yohan] Cabaye and [Paul] Pogba are playing well and people didn't know a lot about [Mathieu] Valbuena.

"We're obviously going to talk about [Karim] Benzema… he's good and he has to be good.

"The fans are falling back in love with the team. If they can win it, so be it as it would be good to have another star on the shirt - it's good to have a team game. You can sense the team is growing and you wonder what they can do back home in two years.

"Just imagine that team. If they can grab some momentum, then beware," the 36-year-old concluded.

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