Laurent Blanc has challenged the France squad to aim for a place in the Russia World Cup and go ahead to win it.
Didier Deschamps men were expected to cruise through qualification due to their top class squad, but they have struggled in Group A.
France top the standings, but still have a long way to go, as the top four teams in the group have a shot at qualification.
Former coach Blanc remains confident Les Bleus will prevail, however.
“I trust the French team,” the 51-year-old told France 3.
“They have fantastic players, especially in the offensive third, but not just there. There will be pressure, but good pressure.
“I hope the French team will qualify for the World Cup – they must.
“If we can qualify, we will have a role to play. Will we win the World Cup? Well, you qualify to win it.”