Former Chelsea coach backs France to win World Cup - FCNaija

World Cup 2018 By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 28/02/2018

Former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit has backed France to win this summer's World Cup in Russia.

Les Bleus reached the final of Euro 2016 as the hosts but the one-time World Cup winning nation boasts with several worlds most talent players in their ranks, including the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann Thomas Lemar, Anthony Martial, N'Golo Kante, Nabil Ferkir, Kingsley Coman and Ousmane Dembele.

The 55-year-old spent three years at Stamford Bridge as players and coach say that he tips Didier Deschamps led side during Laureus World Sports Awards "I'm with France, I like them very much because with the talented squad they have."

When asked about Netherlands failure to qualify for World Cup for the second time since 1986 and Gullit believe that the home side's current situation is down to their brightest talents moving abroad at a young age.

"(Holland's failure to qualify is) a disappointment of course, we lost out on goal difference - that's always hard to take, but it is what it is," 

"The most difficult part is kids at 15, 16 go abroad and then we don't see them. They haven't played any first-team football, examples of [Karim] Rekik, they haven't played, [Nathan] Ake - one year you play, one year you don't play. It's a pity for these players. So we have to cope with that."

Gullit also backed former club Chelsea to overcome their recent poor form and "find the right solution". he told Sports Mole at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

Gullit featured 49 times for Chelsea and he scored four goals before becoming the Blues coach where he won FA Cup in 1997.