Unable to win any match during the first three days of the League of Nations, the French team must react against Croatia on Monday at the Stade de France. A success seems essential to stay in the game for the Final Four, but also to end this gathering on a positive note.
Kylian Mbapp should lead the Blues attack.
The French team has so far had a very disappointing record on this June meeting: 2 draws against Croatia (1-1) and Austria (1-1), then 1 defeat against Denmark (1 -2). Struggling in last place in Group 1 of League A of the League of Nations, the tricolor selection must absolutely react.
This Monday, the reception of the Croats at the Stade de France represents an opportunity to revive, but also to go on vacation on a positive note.
Deschamps must manage the bodies
And precisely, before a well-deserved rest, the coach of the Blues Didier Deschamps must deal with a particularly small group. After Raphal Varane’s package following the first meeting, the French technician now finds himself deprived of N’Golo Kant, injured, and Lucas Hernandez, authorized to attend the birth of his child. With the objective of preserving his players after a series too important for his taste, the former coach of Olympique de Marseille will therefore proceed to a new turnover.
Nothing annoys me, I adapt, I make sure not to take risks with those who have little worries. It’s not a squad review, but all the teams have to change from one game to another, at the end of the season, without forgetting the little problems that occur during the previous game. (…) L, it’s the last match, we have to make sure to regroup all our forces to finish wellwarned Deschamps at a press conference.
Thus, the boss of the Blues will give playing time Mike Maignan, Jules Kound, Presnel Kimpembe, Lucas Digne, Jonathan Clauss, Matto Guendouzi, Adrien Rabiot, Christopher Nkunku or even Wissam Ben Yedder. Even physically diminished, Kylian Mbapp should also start in order to embody the number 1 danger for the Croats. An important presence to help the 2018 world champions, 4th 4 points from the leader Denmark, to revive.
For his part, coach Zlatko Dalic made this trip without Josko Gvardiol and Ivan Perisic, who remained in the infirmary. Currently 3rd in this group, Croatia also need to win to follow the Danes, who are 2 points ahead. And France will therefore challenge a competitive team with in particular a trio of Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic and Marcelo Brozovic in the midfield. A nice end to it.
The probable composition of the two teams:
France : Maignan – Pavard, Kound, Kimpembe (c), Digne – Clauss, Guendouzi, Rabiot, Nkunku – Ben Yedder, Mbapp.
Croatia: Livakovic – Stanisic, Sutalo, Caleta-Car, Sosa – Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric (c) – Majer, Budimir, Brekalo.
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