Croatia-France: Griezmann-Mbappé-Martial, an attacking trio to review

Didier Deschamps makes no secret that the offensive animation of the France team is one of the priority projects before the start of the Euro next June. The multiplication of matches since September – five in less than six weeks! – allows him to multiply the tests. A desire again observed against Croatia (1-2) where the coach had decided to leave Olivier Giroud on the bench in favor of an unprecedented trio with Antoine Griezmann in support of Anthony Martial and Kylian Mbappé who will therefore have played everything the match two days before PSG’s trip to Nîmes. To the great satisfaction of the coach: “It was better than the last games”.

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The three players had never started a game together. They had played only 25 minutes together in the blue jersey, at the end of the match against Germany (2-2) in November 2017 and then during the last moments on Sunday at the Stade de France. The lack of automation did not, however, jump out on the lawn of the Maksimir stadium. In particular thanks to a more incisive Griezmann than against the Lusitanians. Sunday, the Barcelona had lacked impact and influence against the Lusitanians because of a very low positioning. Facing the vice-world champions, Grizou has gone up a notch to form a trio with obvious technical affinities. And if he did not need anyone to score his 33rd goal in 83 caps on a bad dismissal from Vida, the top scorer of Euro 2016 has put himself at the service of the game. “I feel good , the coach knows where to put me, underlines Griezmann. I take advantage of this situation, of this place ”

His desire to combine with Mbappé was not however rewarded like the one-two where he forgets to hand the ball to the Parisian. The connection worked better a few minutes later when Mbappé served Martial in depth. The Mancunien fixes the goalkeeper and gives back to No. 10 who opens his right foot too much and puts the ball flush with the post of Livaković (15th). A failure combined with the penalty not whistled by Mr. Kuipers for a charge of Vida on Martial (19th) which put the Blues under the threat of the return of the Croats. The fault also with the sterile dribbling of Mbappé, often exiled on the left side to let Griezmann enter in the axis or the failures in the transmissions between the three attackers. Difficulties that continued after the hour mark when Coman replaced Martial. Mbappé finally saves his evening by scoring the goal of victory, his 16th in Blue, on an offering from Digne (1-2, 79th). Something to give Deschamps a smile, satisfied with the offensive performance of his players. “The entertainment was smoother, more interesting compared to what the Croats offered,” underlines the coach. There has been a lot of mobility. Anthony (Martial) and Kylian took turns using the width of the court. And Antoine (Griezmann) put the binder. It takes repetition. They must understand each other in relation to the movements of one another ”. If he asks to be seen again, the trio has the means to settle down even if the retirement of Olivier Giroud, the second highest scorer in the history of the Blues, is far from being on the agenda. This animation can obviously be a solution when the Blues decide to rely less on the aerial duel where the Chelsea center-forward is particularly illustrated. This will certainly not be the case during the next Blues match on November 11 in a friendly against Iceland. Three days before a trip to Portugal in the form of the group final. A match where Didier’s offensive choices will still be scrutinized.

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