Following a surprising exit in the round of 16 at Euro 2020 and a runner-up finish as hosts in 2016, France has a chance to assert their dominance early in the tournament with a crucial victory over a strong Austria on Monday. Les Bleus, having won numerous titles multiple times, have not clinched the European Championship in over 20 years. Coach Didier Deschamps aims to be the first to win both the World Cup and Euros as a player and coach. Austria, under German manager Ralf Rangnick, has transformed in the past two years, losing just once in their last 16 games. Olivier Giroud, France's top scorer at 37, is playing his final Euros and believes a strong start in Duesseldorf could alleviate pressure. Austria has only won one of their last 10 matches against France. 'It's not a decisive match, but it's important,' Giroud noted. Some argue that France's biggest challenge is internal, as seen in their Euro 2020 exit. Despite being favorites, Giroud insists the tag should boost confidence without causing complacency. France's pre-tournament performances were lackluster, and with Lucas Hernandez out, Deschamps must rethink his defense. A flu outbreak has also affected the team, including Kylian Mbappe, who is expected to play against Austria, aiming for his first Euro goal. Group D also includes Netherlands and Poland. Rangnick's tactical acumen and attacking focus could pose challenges for France, who must navigate Austria's high pressing and counter-attacks. Austrian defender Philipp Lienhart acknowledges the tough match ahead but insists his team will not play defensively.