Didier Deschamps did not reveal much of his intentions, at least in terms of the composition of his central hinge, during the last closed session, this Saturday, in Doha. If the 24 Blues participated in training, at the time of the implementation, the coach associated Dayot Upamecano with Ibrahima Konaté in the axis of the defense of the team of supposed holders. Does this mean Raphaël Varane will be on the bench? Not far from here. Spared the previous two days, the Manchester United player is feeling better and it would be surprising if he did not feature in the starting line-up this Sunday in the World Cup final.
But with whom? Konaté, author of a very great performance in the semi-finals, but who was ill on Friday, or Upamecano, ill at the start of the week and who seems to be coming back? The Bayern Munich defender looks set to leave with a slight lead.
Theo Hernandez and Adrien Rabiot back
On the left side, Theo Hernandez, who had suffered a blow to the knee against Morocco (2-0), calmed down on Friday and should be able to keep his place. In the middle, Adrien Rabiot also finds her together with Aurélien Tchouaméni and Antoine Griezmann.
Up front, Didier Deschamps finally surprised his world in the first period by changing the formula used in the eighth, quarter and semi-finals. Olivier Giroud gave up his place in the middle for Kylian Mbappé in the middle, Marcus Thuram occupied the left lane, as at the end of the match against Morocco, on Wednesday night. The technician then returned to the usual formula in the second half. The hypothesis of seeing the AC Milan striker start on the bench therefore exists.
The team seen in training in the first period without Olivier Giroud and Raphaël Varane. (The team)
The Blues are preparing for all the hypotheses about the Argentine team. The team of substitutes was organized part of the session with a defense of 4 and another with a defense of 5, to foresee the two possible configurations of Lionel Scaloni’s formation.