Deschamps abandoned plans for a free-flowing side in favor of an effective machine. REUTERS/Lee Smith
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Despite having the most talented squad at the World Cup, France have made it to Sunday's final against Croatia by embracing pragmatism over adventure, subsuming their individual flair for the collective benefit.It has not been the sweeping display many believe the team are capable of, but it has been good enough to take them to a second consecutive major tournament final and Deschamps has altered his strategy to get them there.Deschamps has largely stuck with the same side since, and the key to his strategy has been his ability to convince flair players like Paul Pogba to take on extra defensive duties.Deschamps called the Manchester United man's display against Belgium in the semifinal win "monstrous".The background of France's two full-backs is another sign of the durability of Deschamps' side.
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