France-Australia: with a first bet from Deschamps, the Blues need to reassure themselves… Presentation and probable compositions

The France team begins its World Cup against Australia this Tuesday evening (8 p.m.). Disturbed by numerous packages, the Blues will want to reassure themselves against an opponent who had caused them problems in 2018.

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Deschamps during a training session with the Blues

It’s D-Day! This Tuesday (8 p.m.), the French team begins its 2022 World Cup against Australia, as during the 2018 edition in Russia. Four years ago, the Blues barely beat the Socceroos (2-1) before heading to their world title.

D.Deschamps – calm and serenity

Today, it should come as no surprise if the world champions have the same difficulties against their first opponent in Qatar. Deprived of Karim Benzema, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kant, but also little reassured by their recent results, the Blues are putting their title on the line without much certainty. And with some trepidation? The coach assures us not.

There are more experienced players than others but it’s a group that is eager to start. There is no apprehension, replied Didier Deschamps at a press conference. We did everything to ensure that the players were at their best for this very important but not decisive first match. There is no anxiety but calm and serenity. Calm will be needed among the central defenders expected tonight.

Varane on the bench

Returning from an injury to the femoral biceps of the right thigh, Raphal Varane will not start for this first match of the World Cup. The tricolor staff wants to avoid any risk of relapse with the Mancunian, who was not in the starting team on Monday evening. Consequently, Deschamps will align a central hinge with Ibrahima Konat right and Dayot Upamecano left. A young and inexperienced duo in blue (9 selections between them).

For the rest, there is no big surprise. After deciding to abandon his three-defender tactic, Deschamps returns from the classic with a 4-2-3-1. Behind, Hugo Lloris will start in goal, while Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are expected in the corridors. In the middle, France will rely on Aurlien Tchouamni and Adrien Rabiot. In the position of playmaker, Antoine Griezmann will be responsible for ensuring the link between the pair of midfielders and the three attackers: Kylian Mbapp, Ousmane Dembl and Olivier Giroud. On paper, it’s still appealing. Place in the field now.

Probable teams:

France : Lloris – Pavard, Konat, Upamecano, L. Hernandez – Tchouamni, Rabiot – Dembl, Griezmann, Mbapp – Giroud.

Australia: Ryan – Karacic, Souttar, Rowles, Behich – McGree, Mooy, Irvine – Leckie, Duke, Mabil.

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