Since this Sunday, the last round of group matches has started. In this Euro, the first two are qualified, but the four best third also. The France team, which already has four points and will play last Wednesday night against Portugal, could be qualified even before starting their confrontation against Cristiano Ronaldo’s team.
However, the supporters of the Blues may expect a little more. After a game as disappointing in the background as it is important in accounting terms, we will have to show something else against Portugal. One might think that Didier Deschamps will blow off some elements, as he explained in a press conference after Hungary: ” with six points we would have had a choice. The last game would have mattered no matter what. There he has a more important one. I do not exclude the fact that there is a bearing with these sequences of four days, the freshness is an important element. With the heat, it was complicated for the organisms “.
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A return to 4-2-3-1?
But what can the national coach do? We already know that he cannot count on Ousmane Dembélé, hit in the knee against the Magyars, and who left the group and forfeited the rest of the competition. Before we talk about the men in the field, one might observe a system change, just to see.
Indeed, in 4-3-3 since the preparation, Deschamps has some possibilities. He had tested, during previous gatherings, the 3-5-2 and above all he won the World Cup in 4-2-3-1 with Antoine Griezmann as playmaker. In these two cases he could also turn his men, not necessarily in large widths either.
The premiere of Koundé?
In defense, the exchanges are unlikely to change. Deschamps knows it, a good footing is essential and we must continue to involve Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe. On the sides, on the other hand, we can turn things upside down. On the left, Lucas Hernandez has already been put to rest against Hungary and Lucas Digne has done the job. Right side, Benjamin Pavard suffered, despite the analysis of the Basque, and could also breathe. Jules Koundé seems to have gained the upper hand over Léo Dubois in the hierarchy and therefore has chances of making his first tenure in the selection.
The midfielder could also change. If the 4-3-3 is retained, we could see Corentin Tolisso take the place of Adrien Rabiot. If Deschamps wants to breathe more Paul Pogba, Thomas Lemar is available. N’Golo Kanté, he seems irreplaceable, especially in this type of match. It is in front that there should be movement.
The absence of Dembélé does not change much
As mentioned above, Ousmane Dembélé won’t be there, but that’s not that much of a problem. Indeed, absent against Hungary because he was attending the birth of his child, Kingsley Coman is back and can quite play on the right lane, even if he plays on the left at Bayern. This is also the case for Kylian Mbappé, who was in this position at the World Cup, or Moussa Sissoko whom Deschamps likes to line up for this position.
Antoine Griezmann should continue his momentum, but will he be aligned in support of Karim Benzema? It is a possibility especially as everyone defends the Madrilenian despite his lack of efficiency. We must not exclude the tenure of Olivier Giroud, who has only the crumbs since the start of the competition and who is still the second highest scorer in the history of the Blues. Answer Wednesday evening.