Global audience of 300M for Euro 2016 final

Portugal will have to beat a French side who have found new inspiration from Griezmann

At Euro 2004, a teenaged Ronaldo cried on the field in Lisbon after the host Portuguese team lost 1-0 to Greece.

The attacks that shook Paris on November 13, 2015, were still fresh in the memory of the players, many of whom were in action for their national side at the Stade de France the very night 130 people were killed. "We must be careful and limit his influence", Deschamps added.

"I feel great", he said on the eve of the final". He is among the best in the world, if not the best.

"I will try to defend as on anyone, leaving less space for him".

"I've played against Griezmann several times in Spain", he continued.

Deschamps made a bold selection by leaving N'Golo Kante out of the team following the Leicester City midfielder's one-match suspension. They are an experienced team who can alter their system to deal with opponents. In addition, Pepe makes a return to the back line after missing the semis due to injury. "It can project the offensive quickly in the defensive phase and control the ball well".

Samuel Umtiti and Laurent Koscielny would have to work on their movement, as they will be up against the unorthodox forwards of Nani and Ronaldo.

"Koscielny has always been there". That lone draw came against Italy in the 1998 World Cup - a game France won on penalties.

"I'm not surprised by Samuel Umtiti, compared to what he does". I have not assumed. "That's what enables me to play in finals and other big games and to win trophies".

For a generation of France players this is their first major final, particularly Antoine Griezmann, the star of his home tournament with six goals heading into the final - double Ronaldo's tally.

"In the 4-2-3-1 formation, Griezmann is in a position that he often occupies in Atletico Madrid. He is crucial and important to us, not only with goals but also the organisation", he said.

"They are very experienced and Didier Deschamps is a very experienced manager". There is a title at the end.

Arguably, Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi are two of the greatest footballers of all time and the duo have continued to enjoy fame and fortune with the round-leathered game.

A repeat of the semi-final at Euro 1984, which France also hosted, would be more than welcome.

"I've been at my club, a very demanding club, for 10 years and I've been playing for Portugal since 2008", he said. We want to give them something to celebrate.

"All the French public is behind us". Like us, they were criticised at the start of the tournament.

France is looking for its third Euro title in front of the home fans outside Paris, while Portugal continues to search for its first in a long string of finals disappointments. Portugal have never won any.

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