Two more matches to play and the tests will be over for Didier Deschamps in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup. Focus on the forces present at the end of a calamitous June rally.
Two losses at home, at the Stade de France, ahead of Denmark (1-2) and Croatia (0-1), and two sluggish draws in Croatia (1-1) then in Austria (1-1), such is the disappointing record of the Blues in this June rally which did not, it is true, bode well. Didier Deschamps admits it: his team did not give in these four meetings everything required by the high international level. Also, doubts have been able to appear within a collective which has little more than two games to settle between now and the World Cup in Qatar (against Austria on September 22, and three days later in Denmark).
Since the Euro and its cruel outcome against Switzerland in terms of the tricolor collective, the Bayonne technician has led the Blues 13 times, fielding no less than 32 different players. A propensity for novelty not necessarily paying off if we judge the following barometer. A trend for Globalists that seems to give pride of place to old regulars. Except for the revelation Tchouaméni, who has a good chance of being among the lucky ones next fall.
In all likelihood, nearly 20 of the 23 elements (or 26, according to the verdict of Fifa, which should shortly adopt the same resolution as UEFA before Euro 2021) that Deschamps will take to Qatar have already been identified. . This means that the places look expensive for the twenty remaining contenders. The final accessits promising to be played in the next five months between Konaté, Kamara, Tolisso, Camavinga, Diaby, Dembélé or Giroud. Even Saliba, Clauss, Mukiele, Guendouzi, Veretout, Lemar or Fekir, to a lesser extent.
The tricolor barometer at five months of the World Cup:
🔵🔵🔵🔵🔵 They will be in Qatar except disaster
Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan; Raphaël Varane, Presnel Kimpembe, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez; N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba; Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Karim Benzema.
🔵🔵🔵🔵🔴 They are on a very favorable waiver
Alfonso Areola; Jules Koundé, Théo Hernandez, Lucas Digne; Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot; Christopher Nkunku, Kingsley Coman, Wissam Ben Yedder.
🔵🔵🔵🔴🔴 They still have a card to play
Ibrahima Konate; Boubacar Kamara, Corentin Tolisso, Eduardo Camavinga; Moussa Diaby, Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud.
🔵🔵🔴🔴🔴 They are far from there
William Saliba, Jonathan Clauss, Nordi Mukiele; Mattéo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout; Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir.
🔵🔴🔴🔴🔴 They probably missed their chance
Dayot Upamecano, Kurt Zouma, Leo Dubois; Tanguy Ndombele; Anthony Martial, Marcus Thuram.
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