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Croatia-France: at least 3 changes to plan?

The draw (0-0) against Portugal slightly reduced Didier Deschamps’ room for maneuver in the perspective of his trip to Croatia on Wednesday evening. Initially the coach could consider all possible schemes. In particular by taking into account the specific situations of Bayern Munich and PSG players concerned by matches Thursday and Friday with their respective clubs.

“I can do it, maybe. Unfortunately, I do not know what will happen between Sunday and Wednesday, “said the boss of the Blues on Saturday in a pre-match press conference. He now knows that his players have not delivered a high-level performance, at least offensively, against Portugal and that his team has lost two points at home. A shortfall that we will have to try to win back this Wednesday in Zagreb. And for that, difficult to do without the services of the Parisian Kylian Mbappé in attack, or the Munich player Lucas Hernandez returned to a good level against the Lusitanians.

Therefore, we should not expect a large rotation Wednesday night in Croatia. But the coach of the Blues – who must be able to deal with a full workforce – could consider at least three changes from the team that evolved Sunday night.

There are different reasons for these upcoming edits. The first concerns fatigue and it is one of the motivations which led the staff of the Blues not to return to Clairefontaine (Yvelines) on Sunday evening but to stay in Enghien-les-Bains (Val-d’Oise), not far from the Stade de France. Also, the players who have just chained two meetings may therefore have to skip their turn. There are also the particular situations of these Blues likely to follow up with their club within a short time.

For all these reasons, DD will have to make choices. In attack, it is therefore not excluded that Giroud, holder against Ukraine and Portugal, gives way to Martial like last month for the last match of the rally. In midfield, the rotation could concern Rabiot, or even Kanté, less visible against the Lusitanians, and benefit Tolisso or Nzonzi.

Finally in defense, Pavard, also holder in the last two games, or Kimpembe, could sit on the sidelines in favor of Ferland Mendy and Lenglet. Unless Deschamps decides to return to a defense with three central as last month against Sweden and Croatia already. At that time, the Parisian could start the meeting again, which would not delight his club coach.

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