French team – A list and many holes to fill for Didier Deschamps

The June rally had hardly been a success. It is the least we can say. Whoever is coming will perhaps be marked with another seal, while a double mission is assigned to the Blues: to prepare for the World Cup and to avoid relegation to League B – which would be a bit messy. But if the June meetings were accompanied by a latent doubt linked to the unprecedented load of matches (4) and the results of these, the first and last meeting of the autumn before the World Cup s announcement already accompanied by questions related to everyone’s availability. And the list that Didier Deschamps will enumerate on Thursday will not have the outlines dreamed of by the latter.

The life of a coach is made of adaptations. But at this point… After the injuries of Karim Benzema (thigh), N’Golo Kanté (thigh) and Paul Pogba (meniscus) were added those of Presnel Kimpembe (hamstrings), Kingsley Coman (thigh), Benjamin Pavard (thigh) or Lucas Hernandez (adductors). DD may be able to count on one or two of these players, if a medical miracle by then. But not more.

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After the evils of June which pushed him to give only a big hour of life to his three-man defense (against Denmark), Didier Deschamps finds himself faced with another puzzle while his two main solutions for the left axis are on the flank. Who can disembark or return to make the number? We obviously think of Clément Lenglet, who had been condemned by the sinking of Bucharest. His main qualities at this time are to be left-handed and to know the environment of the selection.

Axel Disasi (Monaco), who received his first pre-call, or Wesley Fofana (Chelsea) are also applying. Just like Pierre Kalulu, based in Milan. New in June, Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool) will not be there when his season has not started. Benjamin Pavard, like Dayot Upamecano, is not badly affected, which Bayern Munich revealed on Wednesday. It is not impossible to find the two men at the castle and therefore in the DD list on Thursday.

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In the middle, Didier Deschamps is unfortunately used to what happens to him: not being able to count on Kanté and/or Pogba. Since France – Switzerland in the round of 16 of the Euro, the two men have not been aligned together. The concern linked to their cases goes far beyond the next rally… If Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid) is a possible, even probable, recourse, the other heads seem to be known and will resemble those we saw last June (Tchouameni, Rabiot , Guendouzi, Kamara).

In attack, we already know that Kingsley Coman will not be there. This poses above all a tactical problem for Deschamps, while the Bavarian is with Clauss one of the two right pistons of the Blues. The absence of Bayern’s arrow could be another reason to question the three centre-back system. Ousmane Dembélé, whom Didier Deschamps holds in high esteem, could benefit from Coman’s absence. His der in blue dates back to June 2021 and Hungary – France, a meeting during which he was injured.

The final (major) question mark concerns Karim Benzema. Injured, the Real Madrid player is not necessarily “out”, since Carlo Ancelotti still hopes to count on his services on Sunday during the derby against Atlético. If the probable future Ballon d’Or 2022 is there, Didier Deschamps will not have to call back Olivier Giroud and the escort of questions, even misunderstandings, which accompany the second scorer in the history of the Blues when he is there.

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