This is the big upheaval. Didier Deschamps is expected to carry out a major squad review this Monday against Croatia. Three short days after the slap against Denmark at the Stade de France (1-2), the coach of the Blues, who will entrust the armband to Presnel Kimpembe, will treat himself to a facelift of his starting lineup. From the position of goalkeeper to that of striker, everything is turned upside down. Or almost. Only Aurélien Tchouaméni and the indestructible Antoine Griezmann could keep their place, according to L’Equipe and RMC.
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While Didier Deschamps has confirmed that Mike Maignan will still have his chance in the tricolor goal in place of Hugo Lloris, the boss of the Blues will have to deal with several uncertainties. Kylian Mbappé, who came out injured on Friday, Karim Benzema, Kingsley Coman, N’Golo Kanté and Jules Koundé were indeed excused from the training session the day before the match. And DD will therefore take the opportunity to give the opportunity to some to show themselves, as he had announced. “As I told you before the meeting, one of the objectives of this series of four matches is to give players playing time“, recalled this Sunday the coach of the Blues.
Mike Maignan in training on June 5 in Split on the eve of Croatia-France in the League of Nations
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Ben Yedder and Nkunku in front
In front of Maignan, William Saliba could thus accompany in a defense of three Presnel Kimpembe and Benjamin Pavard, who did not play in Blue in 2022. For the pistons, Lucas Digne is approached on the left while doubt hovers on the right, explains the daily The Team which also evokes the possibility of returning to a defense at 4. If Kingsley Coman is not able to hold his place, the Lensois Jonathan Clauss could again have his chance just like Mattéo Guendouzi, who will try to stabilize the block at the middle with Aurélien Tchouaméni.
For the tricolor attack, Deschamps should not take any risks with his star duo Mbappé-Benzema. And to try to make them forget, Antoine Griezmann, who retains the confidence of his coach despite his delicate period, can count on Wissam Ben Yedder and Christopher Nkunku, who will celebrate his fourth selection and is eagerly awaited after his monster year with Leipzig.
The probable composition: Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe – Clauss, Tchouaméni, Guendouzi, Digne – Griezmann – Ben Yedder, Nkunku
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