France National Team manager Didier Deschamps knows what it takes to win a World Cup. He was a captain on the French team that won the Cup in 1998.
Deschamps doesn't seem terribly confident, however, with his side this year. At least in terms of winning the World Cup.
It would be, he said Sunday, something of a miracle.
"I'm going to Brazil with lots of ambition, but I'm a realist, too," Deschamps said, according to the Daily Mail.
"There are countries that are much better than us on paper. We can't hide from the truth. The only match that France won in the group stage of a World Cup in the last 12 years was against Togo in 2006.
"I can't talk about winning the World Cup, There are teams who are far ahead of us, including a team who won the last World Cup and the last two European Championships [Spain]. There are six or seven. To win it for us would be viewed as a miracle."
Deschamps is right, of course. France was a disaster at the Cup in 2010 after a runner-up finish in '06. Les Blues did, however, draw into a rather favorable group, along with Switzerland, Ecuador, and Honduras.
So, at the very least, there is an expectation that the French side make it through to the knockout stage. And from there almost anything can happen (see: France, 2006), especially with the current talent on France's roster.
Then again, recent history suggests that France could just as easily fail to win a match in its group. Still, a deep run seems very possible. But will France win the World Cup? Probably not, but it wouldn't take a miracle.