Didier Deschamps should remain at four in defense but make a number of changes to face Austria on Friday evening in Vienna.
Special envoy to Vienna
At a press conference, Didier Deschamps announced “Many changesin its starting composition to face Austria on Friday in Vienna. He will keep his promise. According to our information, the national coach will indeed keep the four-defender scheme seen in Croatia (1-1) on Monday, but only three players will make a new start for this match of the third day of the League of Nations: Moussa Diaby on the wing, Aurélien Tchouaméni in the middle and Benjamin Pavard, on the right.
For the rest, “DD” turns everything upside down, with in particular the return of captain Hugo Lloris in goal or the Hernandez brothers in defense. A defense in which Ibrahima Konaté will try to demonstrate that he can be as comfortable on the field as he was in front of the microphones for his first press conference in Blue. In this case, it will be the first cape and the first tenure of the Liverpool player in the starting lineup of the France team! Entered during the game in Split, the former Marseille Boubacar Kamara will also have the honors of the starting lineup for the first time. The new Aston Villa player will be associated with Aurélien Tchouaméni, future Real Madrid player and who will play a third game in a row among the holders of Deschamps. He is the only one in this case.
Confidence maintained in Griezmann
On the wings, the former Parisians Kinsgley Coman – on the left, his preferred position even if he gives the change as a right piston in recent months in Blue – and Moussa Diaby will be aligned from the start, with a Benzema / Griezmann tandem in front .
Which Antoine Griezmann is looking for confidence. “It’s not his best period, it’s linked to a part of psychology, physics, mental“, notes Deschamps, feeling the Atlético player”a little tired“and probably”frustrated» by his situation in club. “This does not mean that I will question what he is capable of doing. I know very well what it can bring“, he swears.
One thing is certain: Didier Deschamps will not take any risks with the three uncertains of the moment, Kylian Mbappé, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kanté. The first two were content to run around the Vienna pitch on Thursday, on the sidelines of the collective session on the eve of the match. The third, he did not appear on this lawn which caused controversy because of the hole in its central circle … “UEFA have done what it takes to bring in the experts and keep the game going tomorrow (Friday). I haven’t seen the lawn yet, we’ll adapt, but if it’s validated, there’s no risk“, tries to persuade the coach of the France team.
Regarding Mbappé, Rabiot and Kanté, coach Deschamps had in any case announced their absence for training at a press conference, stressing that we would have to wait until Friday to find out more about their availability. “For the match, we will know tomorrow“, he said at a press conference. Suspense, therefore.
The probable 11 of the France team :
Lloris – Pavard, Konaté, L. Hernandez, T. Hernandez – Diaby, Kamara, Tchouaméni, Coman – Benzema, Griezmann