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Swiss players must be prepared to 'challenge' France, says assistant

Michel Pont, the Switzerland assistant coach, has acknowledged that he has found it difficult to identify a weakness in the French national team ahead of their meeting in Group E tonight.

Both sides registered wins in their opening matches, although the Swiss required a goal in the final minute of stoppage time to overcome Ecuador. Haris Seferovic's belated strike was decisive and Admir Mehmedi - who scored the first goal for the Swiss last week after coming on as a substitute - is also expected to start against the French.

The Swiss coaching team hope that he will bring greater urgency to the side but Pont accepts that their opponents will not be easy to unsettle. "It is extremely difficult to find weak points in the France team," said the coach of a side which defeated Honduras 3-0 in their opening game.

"They are very well-organised, compact and work hard for each other. We have to create weak points and jump on every opportunity. Putting 10 men back and waiting to see what happens is not the answer, we have to challenge them."

Among those France players causing angst in the Swiss camp is Yohan Cabaye, who is expected to feature this evening despite sitting out a training session yesterday.

Indeed Patrice Evra does not anticipate any disruption to the preparations of his side. "We do not have a problem with egos in this team. I have faith in this squad, and that's a great strength. The star isn't one player, it's the team," said the France and Manchester United full-back.

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