Unable to win any match during the first three days of the League of Nations, the France 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 Mbappé should lead the attack of the Blues.
The French team has, for the moment, a very disappointing record on this June rally: 2 draws against Croatia (1-1) and Austria (1-1), then 1 defeat against Denmark (1 -2). In difficult the last place of 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 diminutive 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 too much of a sequence has been obtained, 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. This is 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 small problems that occur during the previous game. (…) L, it’s the last game, 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 decreasing physically, Kylian Mbappé 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 leader Denmark, to revive.
For his part, coach Zlatko Dalic made this trip without Josko Gvardiol and Ivan Perisic, resting in the infirmary. Currently 3rd in this group, Croatia also need to win to follow the Danes, who have a 2-point lead. 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, Mbappé.
Croatia: Livakovic – Stanisic, Sutalo, Caleta-Car, Sosa – Kovacic, Brozovic, Modric (c) – Majer, Budimir, Brekalo.
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