It’s a shame for Didier Deschamps, but there is no miracle recipe for making a list of world champions. The coach knows the rules of the game, the brutality, and he knows what he’s doing “unhappy people” this Wednesday, November 9. In 1998, he took part as a prestigious captain in the failed taxi flight of six people in the last hour by Aimé Jacquet, Clairefontaine (Yvelines) was too bitter to spend another night. One can always argue, argue that Anelka, Ba or Lamouchi even deserves a second-class ticket for History, the coach always decides in the end with his convictions and doubts.
What was the balance between the two feelings when Didier Deschamps announced the 25 players selected to fly to Qatar and its controversial World Cup (November 20-December 18) at 8pm on TF1? “It’s not the easiest to be honest, but the conditions mean that at this time and my fellow coaches are facing the same difficulties, there are players who are recovering, some were injured yesterday and others could be tonight.”– admitted the coach.
A little margin
Among the wounded, batsmen and convalescents, the Basque put aside the 23-man group. After ten years in the shop, he has mastered the ins and outs of FIFA rules and knows he can send his final roster. Monday, 19.00 To improve the workforce, it is enough to give it a little leeway.
Olivier Giroud is one of them, like ten other world champions. This is the story of his life and career, which the 36-year-old striker almost always goes against. Since Euro 2021, Deschamps has called on only the second-best scorer in the Blues’ history in the absence of Karim Benzema. At his age, Chambérien wasn’t going to start a career as a substitute without some flair, he had to tell himself.
But in recent weeks, everything has changed on and off the pitch. Giroud shines with AC Milan, Kylian Mbappé praises his partnership with him (not innocent after the fallout between the two men as the last Euros approach) and no one provides the same assurance as him with a Benzema as a lining in finesse. thigh. To hear his coach, the situation is clear. “I have a position with Olivier, he knows it from our frequent discussions. Of course, the situation has improved, so I think it is better for the French team to have him with us. » A way of admitting that you can’t do without it.
“We need to defend better”
On the other hand, Didier Deschamps did without Jonathan Clauss (Marseille). Rumors of his absence during the day gave the evening trend, a tactical change. No more pistons on the flanks like ex-RC Lens (or Madrid’s Ferland Mendy), Deschamps turns the page to 3-4-3 and returns to a four-man defense, less fashionable of course, but more in line with his deep tactical tastes. “We did some good things in that system, but at the same time we were very unbalanced. It won’t win us the big race. We have to defend better.” warns.
Later, he remembered the words he said during the happy and carefree results of the 2018 championship. Deschamps announced that his team is doomed to change and surprise in order to continue winning. You never rob the same bank twice, at least not the same way. So the pragmatist innovated, with this three-man defense he won the Nations League in October 2021, but did not forget that his team failed to fall 2-0 against Belgium in the semi-finals and was saved by attacking talent (3 – 2).
A jam on the defensive axis
To form this four-man rear defence, the boss went wide with eight axial defenders. That’s a lot, but Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe are still recovering and offer Saliba, Upamecano and Konate the hope of forcing their fate as substitutes.
On the flanks, Theo Hernandez is the only professional flanker on the roster, but will usually be assisted by his brother Lucas (another recovered) on the left. Right, Benjamin Pavard breaks away with a header to Jules Koundé. Again two “axial”. Speaking at the press conference, Didier Deschamps pleaded his versatility, recalling that Eder Militao was comparable to Brazil.
Another question put him in his little shoes. Is it possible to win a world championship with a midfielder so inexperienced and Adrien Rabiot a five-star general with 29 caps? After a moment of silence, the coach admitted “No reply” and made it clear that the youngster also owes a lot to the absence of N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba.
Alongside Rabiot and Aurélien Tchouaméni, who is run as an enforcer with a short year in the box, the third man (with the possibility of a return to 4-3-3) should be chosen between Youssouf Fofana, Mattéo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout and Eduardo. Camavinga: 17 games between them with the Blues.
There is also no standard recipe to retain the title of world champion, a performance that has not been seen since Brazil (1958, 1962). Nothing prevents you from believing that success is possible with these 25 players, especially since almost all of them play in the best clubs in Europe, and one of them (Karim Benzema) has the Ballon d’Or waiting for him. Another reality is to remember that the Blues have won just three of their eight games in 2022. But this season starts like no other on November 22 against Australia in Doha.
List of twenty-five players called up by Didier Deschamps
Trustees: Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes)
Defenders: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern), Theo Hernandez (Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (Paris Saint-Germain), Ibrahim Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern), William Saliba (Arsenal), Raphael Varane (Manchester United ), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern)
Environments: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssef Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Olympic Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Olympic Marseille)
Strikers: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Olivier Giroud (Milan), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig)