Croatia-France: Blues with Martial and Mbappé in attack?


At the end of his pre-match press conference, Didier Deschamps warned that the Blues would do light training on Tuesday. And, notice to prying eyes, that there would be “not much to see” during this closed session. The coach of the world champions had not lied.

The players of the France team did not force for this final session before their match against Croatia at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb. However, they still made a 12 against 12 opposition (they are 25 players in this rally) with very mixed teams. For once, the boss of the Blues has not given clear indications on the eleven he intends to align Wednesday evening (8:45 p.m.) for the 4th day of the League of Nations.

No gift for Thomas Tuchel

But it seems he made his troops work in lines. And as we indicated in our editions of the day, there could be at least three changes compared to the team which started against Portugal (0-0) last Sunday. Thus, Benjamin Pavard and Olivier Giroud, who have just chained the last two meetings of the Blues, could give way to Ferland Mendy and Anthony Martial. Steven Nzonzi is likely to be established and Adrien Rabiot to sit on the bench, while a doubt remains between Presnel Kimpembe and Clément Lenglet in central hinge.

On the other hand, the coach has indicated that he will stick to performance criteria to build his team. “The other criteria are not taken into account. It’s an international match. I will make my choices according to criteria other than the matches to come, in particular Friday, ”indicated DD with reference to the match of PSG in Nîmes and that of Rennes in Dijon this Friday, October 16. Suffice to say that Kylian Mbappé will be on the lawn of the Maksimir stadium.

The probable composition of the France team

Lloris (cap.) – F. Mendy, Varane, Kimpembe (or Lenglet), Hernandez – Nzonzi, Kanté, Pogba, Griezmann – Martial, Mbappé.

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