Saturday night against Kazakhstan, the French team of Didier Deschamps will evolve in 3-4-1-2 as in the League of Nations, but the coach of the Blues hesitates, for the role of right piston, between Benjamin Pavard and … Kingsley Coman!
Group B leader of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers in Europe, 3 points ahead of Ukraine,French team has the opportunity to qualify for the Qatari meeting in case of victory against Kazakhstan, Saturday evening (8:45 p.m.), at the Parc des Princes. The Blues must find the fault against the 125th nation in the Fifa ranking, especially as a poor performance could give a “final” against Finland next Tuesday in Helsinki …
Didier Deschamps will again use the 3-4-1-2 which allowed the Blues to win the League of Nations last month by overthrowing Belgium and then Spain, thanks to an attacking trio made up ofAntoine Griezmann behind Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé. But the French coach obviously hesitates to start a 4th attacking crack, a Kingsley Coman which would occupy the role of right piston instead of Benjamin Surname.
Pavard not made to play piston?
As the day before in Clairefontaine, the staff of the France team has indeed worked on the tactical device with Pavard on the right, initially, then Coman. With the Kazakhs used to regrouping in their camp, in 5-3-2, the Bayern dribbler would bring much more on the right wing than his club teammate. Pavard is a central defender by training and no longer throws himself in the corridor under the orders of Julian Nagelsmann.
Above all, Pavard did not shine in this role against the Belgians and the Spaniards, both defensively and in the game. Deschamps nevertheless assures him, if ” Benjamin knows he is not in the best period of his career », « there is no concern about his ability to play in this position “. At the same press conference the day before the match, the coach clarified that Coman on the right could be ” an option for departure or during the match “. Too risky for DD? Answer Saturday night.
The probable composition: Lloris – Koundé, Upamecano, L. Hernandez – Pavard or Coman, Kanté, Rabiot, T. Hernandez – Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappé.