'Small chance' of Georgia beating France, says Deschamps

The Bleus head coach is expecting his side to prevail, but is still wary of their opponents causing an upset

France head coach Didier Deschamps believes Georgia only have a "small chance" of winning on Friday night.

Les Bleus host their Group I opponents four days before a crunch match against table-toppers Spain.

Deschamps ignored suggestions he would step down in the near future, and hinted that Georgia have the potential to hurt his side despite their status as underdogs.

"What am I supposed say to that?," he said to reporters when asked if he would resign if France lost on Friday. "Before the game, I never think it's going to go wrong.

"I get myself in the pattern of preparing my team to get a good result. But it is football; they still have a small chance.

"But it mostly depends on who will be the strongest team [on the night]. Georgia have done good things. Beyond footballing skills, they have quality morale. Against Spain, they nearly pulled off a very good little result. We are aware of the qualities of their team."

Deschamps has said he is likely to pair Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud and Real Madrid forward Karim Benzema on Friday night, and dismissed suggestions they cannot play together.

"It's not that I have anything against a combination between the two," the former Olympique de Marseille coach said. "It is the balance with those beside and behind the striker.

"It does not happen overnight, but with bits of game-time. This [two strikers] is an option, but it involves redeveloping a team that is currently balanced.

"The risk of when we play with two strikers is that they find themselves in the same positions. They know that."

France are level on points with Spain at the top of Group I, but trail the world and European champions on goal difference with five games to play.