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Nasri: Bring On Portugal & CR7

France will not be seeded for their World Cup playoff matches against one of Portugal, Croatia, Ukraine or Greece.

Les Bleus beat Finland 3-0 on Tuesday night, but that was not enough to see them overhaul world champions Spain at the top of their qualifying group.

And so the 1998 World Cup winners will have to contest the Russian roulette of the playoffs, and could be drawn against a Cristiano Ronaldo inspired Portugal.

It would come as a major shock if France were not at the World Cup next year, and they will fancy their chances against Croatia, Ukraine and Greece.

But any team with CR7 in tow cannot be discounted, and the unseeded teams will be desperate to avoid the Real Madrid scoring machine.

However, Les Bleus midfielder Samir Nasri insists that he is not daunted by the prospect of battling Ronaldo and Portugal for a ticket to Brazil.

"I'm not afraid of Portugal,” Nasri said.

“I don't think they'd be happy to play against us either.

“Our objective is to go to the World Cup, and if we go, it's to go as far as possible, so it'd be just as well to eliminate them now." 

Nasri’s coach, Didier Deschamps, has taken a more wary approach however.

Asked which seed he’d most like to avoid, he said: "It's legitimate to say Portugal because there's Cristiano Ronaldo.

“He's a great player, who has an important influence on the team.”

“If it's Croatia, Greece or Ukraine, we'll be up against a collective, so it won't necessarily be easier,” Deschamps added.

“But I still haven't got round to analysing our opponents. We'll do that after the draw on Monday."

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