Faced with an infernal calendar and disparate, even very diminished forms, Didier Deschamps will profoundly revise his eleven, this evening, against Croatia, on the occasion of the second day of the League of Nations. A leap into the unknown, which also concerns the system.
It was announced. This unprecedented series of four matches in eleven days, placed at the end of a grueling season, was to promote rotation within the France team, and offer playing time to the usual substitutes (Ben Yedder) as well as to newcomers ( Diaby, Nkunku, Saliba). Didier Deschamps had probably not imagined undergoing it according to the state of form of his players.
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With the obligation to breathe, the coach was also confronted with injuries. Raphaël Varane, the boss of the central axis, left the rally after a muscle injury contracted against Denmark on Friday (1-2). Kylian Mbappé, he suffers from the knee and should skip the second match against Croatia, in Split. “There is fatigue, wear and tear, listed the coach. There is also a phenomenon of decompression. That they are not 100% is obvious. It’s not the best time of the season. »
Four spare players
Yesterday, during the session at the Poljud stadium, Kinglsey Coman, Jules Koundé, N’Golo Kanté and Karim Benzema were spared and did not take part in training. It’s a lot. And between the different considerations, Didier Deschamps should only keep two elements of the starting lineup lined up last Friday (Tchouaméni and Griezmann).
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This in-depth reshuffle could also force the coach to review his starting plans, as revealed by L’Équipe and RMC. Namely to abandon his 3-4-3 to return to the asymmetrical 4-4-2, in which the entrants have more benchmarks. This would then delay Benjamin’s return to central defence. This would also revive the second tenure of Mike Maignan, in a boiling context, and of Presnel Kimpembe, promoted captain. Another way to scrutinize attitudes, beyond the game.
If there is a blur on the men as on the device chosen, there remains one certainty: the obligation for the Blues to seek a result in Croatia, they who have never chained two consecutive defeats since June 2015.
The probable composition
Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe – Clauss, Digne – Guendouzi Tchouaméni – Griezmann, Nkunku, Ben Yedder.
Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe, Digne – Coman, Guendouzi Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Nkunku, Ben Yedder.
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