Didier Deschamps will have to innovate in the next two Nations League matches. The coach of the France team faces a dozen packages, and not the least.
Deschamps is faced with a big headache…
Where is the luck of Didier Deschamps? Before facing Austria (September 22) and Denmark (September 25) in the League of Nations, the coach of the France team must above all deal with bad luck…
Deschamps has to do without many executives
If DD was counting on this last gathering before the World Cup to do a general rehearsal and prepare for the first match of the tournament against Australia (November 22), it’s a failure. The Bayonnais is indeed deprived of several important players in his eyes: Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris, Kingsley Coman, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kant, Lucas Hernandez, Presnel Kimpembe, Tho Hernandez, Ibrahima Konat and Adrien Rabiot.
To see the list of absentees, it’s almost an eleven, close to a typical team elsewhere, who is unavailable for these Nations League matches. And some players will not be able to take advantage of it to score points. This is the case of Lucas Digne and Boubacar Kamara. Calls to replace Tho Hernandez and Adrien Rabiot, the left side and midfielder of Aston Villa had a card to play before the World Cup. But these two elements were added to the last minute withdrawals due to injuries…
A group less express
Consequences, the tricolor selection approaches these next two Nations League matches with several inexperienced elements at the international level. Goalkeeper Alban Lafont, central defender Benot Badiashile, left-back Adrien Truffert, midfielder Youssouf Fofana and striker Randal Kolo Muani have all been called up for the A for the first time. Also present in the group, Eduardo Camavinga (3 selections ), Jonathan Clauss (4 selections), William Saliba (5 selections), Jordan Veretout (5 selections), Dayot Upamecano (6 selections), Matto Guendouzi (6 selections) and Christopher Nkunku (6 selections) do not have either solid experience at this level.
This gathering will still be an opportunity to see Olivier Giroud again with the Blues. Author of 5 goals in 9 games with AC Milan, the center forward will try to convince Deschamps to take him to Qatar. In good form with FC Barcelona, winger Ousmane Dembl also needs to convince the coach. On the other hand, the carrots seem cooked for Steve Mandanda and Wissam Ben Yedder, both absent despite the unavailability of their positions.
Which starting eleven?
In this context, Deschamps will have to innovate to compose his starting lineup. Especially since there is also uncertainty about the physical condition of Antoine Griezmann, who has only played one match in full this season due to a conflict between Atletico Madrid and FC Barcelona around his option to buy. Will the coach keep his 3-4-1-2? Or will he take the opportunity to retest another system? Two days before the match against the Austrians, it’s the big blur…
A possible 3-4-1-2: Maignan – Kound, Saliba, Varane – Pavard, Tchouamni, Guendouzi, Mendy – Griezmann – Giroud, Mbapp.
A possible 4-3-3: Maignan – Pavard, Kound, Varane, Mendy – Camavinga, Tchouamni, Guendouzi – Dembl, Giroud, Mbapp.
The list of 23 Blues (updated on 09/20/2022):
Guardians: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Alban Lafont (Nantes), Mike Maignan (AC Milan).
Defenders: Benot Badiashile (AS Monaco), Jonathan Clauss (Olympique de Marseille), Jules Kound (FC Barcelona), Ferland Mendy (Real Madrid), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Adrien Truffert (Rennes), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich), Raphal Varane (Manchester United).
Environments : Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (AS Monaco), Matto Guendouzi (Olympique de Marseille), Aurlien Tchouamni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Olympique de Marseille).
Forwards: Ousmane Dembl (FC Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Randal Kolo Muani (Frankfurt), Kylian Mbapp (Paris Saint-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig).
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