Croatia-France: with Nzonzi, Tolisso and Martial


Tuesday evening, Didier Deschamps had somewhat muddied the waters during the last closed-door training scheduled at the Maksimir stadium in Zagreb. If he had not made a classic opposition, he had however made work his players by lines.

This Wednesday, the coach of the Blues has therefore refined his thinking and raised the last question marks to align a formation articulated in 4-4-2. In this diagram, six players, substitutes Sunday against Portugal, are this time holders.

The composition of the Blues

Lloris (cap.) – F. Mendy, Varane, Lenglet, Digne – Tolisso, Nzonzi, Rabiot – Griezmann – Martial, Mbappé.

They are Ferland Mendy, Clément Lenglet, Steven Nzonzi, Corentin Tolisso and Anthony Martial preferred respectively to Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe, Adrien Rabiot, Olivier Giroud and Ngolo Kanté, in delicacy with a thigh.

Griezmann on the restart

Tuesday during the traditional press conference the day before the match, Deschamps had given as the only clue that he would 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, “DD indicated, referring to the PSG match in Nîmes and that of Rennes in Dijon this Friday, October 16.

At the kickoff, the Rennais Nzonzi and the Parisian Mbappé are therefore holders. The young star of PSG, associated with Martial, will be responsible in particular for energizing an offensive sector which appeared very sluggish against the European champions Lusitanians (0-0). As for Antoine Griezmann, currently lacking in confidence, he is not likely to remain on a failure with the Blues. This has, moreover, not escaped Deschamps, who took care Tuesday to remind the press of the statistics of “Grizou” in selection: namely 32 goals and 21 assists. It is up to the Barcelonan to flesh them out this evening and to put, in passing, his scorners, in his pocket.

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