Raphaël Varane injured his hamstrings in his right thigh on Saturday. His participation in the 2022 World Cup is questioned. Didier Deschamps is thinking about a plan B.
The pet so dear to Didier Deschamps always seems to be moving away from him. After the announcement of N’Golo Kanté’s package and the continuing uncertainty about the state of health of Paul Pogba, the prospect of a World Cup disputed with the majority of the executives of the France team has a little more blurred this Saturday, at the time of the exit on injury of Raphaël Varane during Chelsea-Manchester United (1-1). In fact, and while waiting to find out more, the tricolor coach is obliged to consider a new reorganization of his workforce.
And more particularly his defense. If Raphaël Varane were to miss the 2022 World Cup, Didier Deschamps could then validate a four-man defensive system. But then, which player would be best able to replace the Mancunian? A priori, two main options stand out, the first being Jules Koundé. More often used on the right when he was called up to the France team, the FC Barcelona player would find there a central position that he likes and where he could bring the quintessence of his qualities.
Pavard in the center?
The other possibility is called Benjamin Pavard. Another professional central defender whom Didier Deschamps has almost always placed in the right lane. In today’s edition, The Team returns to this thorny subject of the tricolor defense and also mentions the names of Wesley Fofana and Kurt Zouma. But the first is also fighting against time to recover from a knee injury, while the second has not been selected for the Blues for a year and the famous scandal of the video in which he was kicking his cat. Other options exist, including William Saliba, Ibrahima Konaté and, to a lesser degree given his disappointing performances in Blue, Dayot Upamecano.