French defender Benjamin Pavard: Australia tougher opponents than the USA

French defender Benjamin Pavard said that Australia were a tougher opponent than the USA ahead of their FIFA World Cup opener on Saturday.

France was drawn 1-1 with the USA, who failed to qualify for this year’s World Cup finals, last Sunday.

They will play against Australia in their opening Group C match this Saturday.

“This [USA] was reminiscent of Australia but I think Australia are better than the USA,” Pavard said, as quoted by SBS The World Game.

“It’s the same kind of context, a physical team. They didn’t need many chances to bury one.

“We’ll retain the fact that we didn’t lose, had we lost we may have had some doubts.

“Now we are preparing for the game against Australia, which is coming up soon.”