Monday , September 26 2022

Bleus: weak defense against the Netherlands


Between packs and forms, the French team is addressing his trip to the Netherlands on Friday in the League of Nations, with a weakened defense, while holding Memphis Depay and his own.

– Doubts on the side –

On the left, Didier Deschamps has to compose without Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Mendy, injured. "By what he did at the World Cup," Hernandez has just emerged as a "driving force" in the selection, as the coach has admitted Monday at Clairefontaine. He was also the Atlético Madrid player, who called the revolt against Germany (2-1) a month ago, offering an excellent center for Antoine Griezmann's first goal.

Without his gimmick and in the absence of Benjamin Mendy, the Blues are based on Lucas Digne (25 years, 22 selections), often suited but rarely clear in the selection. Ferland Mendy, 23, is a French citizen and is unlikely to start on Friday in Rotterdam.

On the right, Benjamin Pavard saw a catastrophic start in the Stuttgart season, although he found a small smile with his 2-0 victory on Saturday in Nuremberg. With the exception of this meeting, Pavard continues to obtain mediocre, even mediocre bonuses in the Bundesliga. Deschamps defended it publicly: "With all honesty, Benjamin Pavard was not the best behind the World Cup and today is not the worst," insists DD. "It can happen that the players are a little worse."

The technician has not much choice given the shape of N.2 Djibril Sidibé in great trouble with AS Monaco.

– Kimpembe in hard –

In the middle, the coach is again deprived of Barcelona Samuel Umtiti. Just satisfaction, his friend in the world, Raphael Varane, seems to recover from his groin injuries. Real Madrid's central defender has finished a full race in Clairefontaine on Monday. He even offered a nice greeting, under the audience cheers: "Varane, Ballon d 'Or!" It was possible to hear then that 25 years are in the rewarding stage, given on December 3rd.

Presnel Kimpembe (d) and Djibril Sidibé on their arrival for a Blues training session at Clairefontaine, November 12, 2018 (AFP - FRANCK FIFE)

Presnel Kimpembe (d) and Djibril Sidibé on their arrival for a Blues training session at Clairefontaine, November 12, 2018 (AFP – FRANCK FIFE)

A little earlier, in a press conference, Deschamps voiced confidence in the Vice Captain's presence against the Netherlands: "I negotiated with him, he is fine." If Varane is well in the game, it will still be necessary to find out who to associate with the hinges. On paper, the place should fall to Presnel Kimpembe (23, 5 selections) already in October in the absence of Umtiti.

Only the problem, the Parisian has completely lost the two matches against Iceland (2-2) and Germany (2-1), including a penalty in favor of Mannschaft. "No problem with Kim," says Deschamps. "I am convinced that the two rallies will serve him well, even if there was a negative, is someone who listens and has to correct some things (…), little of all, a little concentration and lucidity for to get efficiency. "

In the group, the other two central defenders are Mamadou Sakho (Crystal Palace) and Adil Rami (Marseille). The first did not wear the blue jersey in March 2016, while the second had a very difficult start for the OM season, ahead of his superb match and Sunday's head against Dijon (2-0).

Instead, he will face successful Dutchmen, such as the 3-0 victory against Germany on October 13th.

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