The recent tactical change made by Didier Deschamps against Finland gives hope to some profiles …
The big failure of the Blues at the Euro against Switzerland did not cool Didier Deschamps. In early September, after two sluggish first matches against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Ukraine, the tricolor coach has indeed attempted the three-way defense. This time with some success. And the presence of Kurt Zouma en lieu and in place of Clement Lenglet, calamitous against the Nati, does not explain everything.
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If the France team made a good impression this time, it is also because of the good performance of Théo Hernandez in his left hallway. And once again, the right side suffered from the comparison. Benjamin Pavard on the side and Jules Koundé suspended, it was Léo Dubois who officiated and if the Lyonnais was not unworthy, especially after returning from the locker room, his performance was not completely convinced. What open certain perspectives to players accustomed to playing a role of piston.
I tell myself that I have a chance to be there
This obviously applies to Nordi Mukiele, who replaced the former Nantes player at the end of the match, but also for Jonathan Clauss, revelation of the last season with RC Lens. To the point of being named best right-back in Ligue 1 during the UNFP Trophies. And the Strasbourg player started the new season on a high basis with already one goal and above all three assists in five matches. “When I look at my performances and I see that the Blues sometimes play three behind, with pistons, I tell myself that I have a chance to be there”, he also confided in an interview with the Ligue 1 site, adding: “I have to tell myself that, otherwise, it means that I don’t want to, that I don’t set goals for myself,” he said too. It’s a vague goal but a goal, especially if it matches the system I’m currently operating in. Now, it is not me who makes the lists, nor the journalists. But the more people talk to me about it, the more I say to myself: ‘Why not!’ “
The artesian defender, however, does not make it an obsession. “I’m not playing to be called up for the France team, I think about having fun above all. If one day, I am summoned, it will be the icing on the icing on the cake, he continued. A few years ago, I didn’t imagine myself in a club like Lens, in Ligue 1 Uber Eats, so… I’m not going to shout from the rooftops: ‘Oh Didier, when do you call me? It’s a scandal if I’m not in the France team! ‘. I will never allow myself. ”