the tactical possibilities of Didier Deschamps

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Pragmatism instead of ideology. Adaptation instead of appropriation. At Didier Deschamps no surprises but adjustments depending on the players present. The 3-5-2 lasted a few months before the coach decided to forego it for the World Cup in Qatar. So back to the defense at 4 with the starting idea of ​​a Varane-Kimpembe hinge. With the latter having retired and Deschamps considering Lucas Hernandez is a left-winger in his list, it may be Upamecano or Konaté who will be seated alongside Varane if he is physically fit.

However, a return to a more traditional scheme limits the composition of the rest of the team. What solutions are there? 4-2-3-1, 4-4-2, 4-3-3. It is the first option that would hold the rope for the first meeting, scheduled for Tuesday November 22 at 8pm against Australia. With a hybrid system reminiscent of that of the 2018 World Cup, with the role of Matuidi for Adrien Rabiot. Such a Tchouaméni-Fofana midfielder, Adrien Rabiot eccentric on the left but reaching for the axis when lost, and Antoine Griezmann closing the right lane. Benzema was thus able to dezoned freely in the axis, which he loves to do without clashing with his compatriot, who usually trains in the same zones.

Complicated decisions

Kylian Mbappé would enjoy the freedom of action, Rabiot’s hybrid positioning left him the option to start from his preferred left flank. The composition of Deschamps’ list clearly identifies the holders, but the real difficulty is finding the scheme that will allow them to develop in their best position. The 4-3-3, for example, condemns Griezmann to forced exile on the right flank, but of course strengthens the midfield. Sector where the French team suffers the most absences and therefore possibly quality.

The 4-4-2 diamond would allow Deschamps to field three defensive midfielders, Rabiot-Tchouaméni-Fofana, to install Griezmann in 10th place and thus the Benzema-Mbappé duo at the top. However, this requires a lot of work to occupy the aisles in the defensive phase and also raises the problem of Benzema and Griezmann being positioned in a way that is sometimes too similar. As announced by L’Equipe, the special 4-2-3-1 World Championship has a good chance of being set up against Australia. It was already the Blues’ first game during the 2018 edition, we can only hope for the same scenario.

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