the absence of Benzema, a boon for Deschamps? / Mondial 2022 / Gr. D / France /

Whereas the Actual Madrid striker, injured within the left thigh, was pressured to depart the France group on Sunday morning, Didier Deschamps finds himself in a great place to reinstall his profitable components from the summer time of 2018 and put this he has been wanting to search out for a number of months: a strong and extra balanced block.

The sentence fell in the midst of August, in 2021, greater than fifty days after the Bucharest bowl towards Switzerland, which Didier Deschamps at all times needed to sum as much as “ten quick minutes” . At all times, besides as soon as, throughout an extended interview given to The Crewthe place the coach of the Blues had conceded these phrases on his change of system post-inaugural victory towards Germany and draw towards Hungary over the past Euro: “I did it as a result of even when we have been very strong, Germany had management and I needed to enhance the offensive side in creativity. I needed us to attempt to be a bit of brighter figuring out that we have been going to be much less strong. On arrival, it could be higher to be rather less shiny, however extra strong. » How ? After a contest spent juggling between formulation with out this completely stopping his block from being pierced within the coronary heart, Deschamps could have first wager for a number of months on a 3-4-1-2 above all thought to carry nearer to the utmost his attacking trio inside the sport with out this offering very convincing solutions in the course of the phases with out the ball, with the notable exception of a half towards Belgium in Turin, in October 2021, and of some sequences towards Spain, a number of days later. This French workforce has by no means been a excessive urgent workforce and has, lately, solely been coherent defensively when it has returned to a compact, united, related, tight 4-4-2.

Common place with out the ball of the French workforce in 2018.

“We could have soccer matches, but additionally fights, so we’ll want good warriors and be rigorous with out the ball. » Lucas Hernández

In Russia, greater than 4 years in the past, it was above all him, particularly the power of his inside sq. shaped by the Varane-Umtiti-Kanté-Pogba quartet, which allowed the Blues to shine beneath the waves after which set off the rolls due to the launches of Paul Pogba, the mind of Antoine Griezmann and the velocity of Kylian Mbappé. Just a few days earlier than displaying up in Qatar, the introduced goal of Deschamps was then clear. The time has come to carry out the spears. The coach bombarded him first on the day of his checklist: “We had an extended reflection with the workers, a number of discussions with sure gamers, and we determined to return to a four-man protection. We did good issues collectively, superb issues typically, however we have been additionally fairly often out of stability, and I do know solely too nicely that to exist in a giant competitors, you must be strong defensively. I’m satisfied that that is our greatest choice. » Then it was relayed by some heroes of 2018, Hugo Lloris – “The target, by this match, shall be to regain a sure solidity” – and Lucas Hernández – “Everyone seems to be hungry. We could have soccer matches, but additionally fights, so we’ll want good warriors and be rigorous with out the ball. Afterwards, we all know that now we have attackers who can rating at any time. » Since Saturday night, the France workforce, already disadvantaged in the midst of a Pogba-Kanté duo undefeated collectively because the last of Euro 2016, has one much less: its Golden Ball, Karim Benzema, touched on the left thigh and who needed to forfeit in a single day for the entire of this 2022 World Cup. A nasty factor? Sure, however possibly additionally for a great.

“I’m cautious of copy-pasting. I would not faux to say at this time that I do know what I ought to do, however a minimum of I typically know what I should not do, and that is not unhealthy sufficient. » Didier Deschamps at AFP

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It’s naturally unusual to be optimistic when, two days earlier than his first sport in a World Cup, a defending champion loses one among his finest attackers, particularly when he’s within the type of his life and that he has a CV as full as it’s distinctive (shifting relay, uncommon high quality of heading, calm within the floor, fairly phenomenal studying of the sport). It should be remembered, nonetheless, that with out Karim Benzema, the France workforce was crushed in Denmark (2-0), but additionally delivered one among its most full conferences of 2022, towards Austria (2 -0), in September. This night, like one other towards South Africa (5-0), on the finish of March, noticed Kylian Mbappé and Olivier Giroud join with their eyes closed in entrance of Antoine Griezmann. Higher, Mbappé then confirmed up within the blended zone of the Stade de France to reward the second high scorer within the historical past of the nation and not directly put a cleat on PSG: “Right here, I’ve much more freedom than on the membership. The coach is aware of that there’s a quantity 9 like Olive, who occupies the defenses, and that I can stroll round and go into house. »

The figures for that night time then informed a number of issues: Mbappé had shot seven instances on objective (for 3 pictures on the right track and one objective), tried fourteen dribbles for seven profitable (i.e. as many as towards Belgium on the 2018 World Cup) and touched rather less than 90 balloons, virtually a document in his tricolor life. Two days away from crossing swords with Australia, that is the place Didier Deschamps stands: if the lack of Benzema, whom he has up to now struggled to totally reintegrate into the circuits regardless of some sensible moments, is of course a blow for the group – “I bought it by messages, he was upset” (Eduardo Camavinga, Saturday) -, above all, it locations the coach in a great place to reinstall his profitable components from the summer time of 2018 and can permit him to regain higher stability in his defensive animation with Olivier Giroud. On this level, a thorn in his finger has simply been eliminated.

The Actual striker, who was not changed, leaving Deschamps with out back-up to Antoine Griezmann, though he is probably not an issue case, he stays a standing participant, and the actual fact of now having just one component on this case – Kylian Mbappé, whose sport has developed significantly since 2018 – ought to supply extra latitude to the primary coach of France in his offensive animation – a narrative of preferential zones and taking part in habits of the totally different profiles in place – and permit him in a sure technique to strengthen the stability of his group. It now stays to be seen who would be the fourth offensive participant chosen by Didier Deschamps: Ousmane Dembélé, praised by everybody because the begin of the rally, like Youssouf Fofana, who got here on Friday to debate “the everlasting hazard within the final 30 meters towards whom we do not know what to do” what does the Barça winger symbolize? Kingsley Coman, who would possibly supply extra defensive ensures? Adrien Rabiot, within the position of the hybrid participant balancing approach Blaise Matuidi 2018? The issue with the Juventus midfielder is that he performs on the left facet the place Deschamps wants a pawn on the suitable facet. Can we then think about seeing Mbappé take the tip as an alternative of Giroud to make room for Rabiot on the left? Laborious to imagine, in the meanwhile. “I’m cautious of copy-pastingslipped Deschamps a number of days in the past to AFP. I would not faux to say at this time that I do know what I ought to do, however a minimum of I typically know what I should not do, and that is not unhealthy sufficient. » One thing says all the identical that he is aware of very nicely what he needs to see: tight towards the winds, the French workforce, which has bought into the behavior of beginning competitions with a masks earlier than altering it in the course of the street, first prepares to carry out her favourite gown.

By Maxime Brigand, in Doha


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