State of form, stakes, atmosphere at the Blues… All the information to know before the return of the Blues near Strasbourg on Wednesday evening.
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Where to follow France-Bosnia and why is it played in Strasbourg?
Rare to be underlined, the Blues will play twice in the provinces during this September streak. This Wednesday in Strasbourg against Bosnia, Saturday in Kiev against Ukraine and next Tuesday in Décines ahead of Finland. In particular because of the work at the Stade de France currently, but also because of the desire of the FFF to find the French public after the long period of matches behind closed doors. Without denying also that the fact that Marc Keller and Jean-Michel Aulas, presidents of RC Strasbourg and Olympique Lyonnais but also members of the Executive Committee at 3F and close to Noël Le Graët, played a role in the holding of these meetings . The first match of the Blues will be to follow this Wednesday at the Meinau stadium, kick off 8:45 pm in front of the cameras of M6. An appointment to follow on our Figaro site with a live commentary by Teddy Vadeevaloo and information from our special correspondent in Alsace, Baptiste Desprez.
In what atmosphere did the Blues return to the start of the school year?
If the Blues have not hidden their smile and the joy of being at Clairefontaine on Monday, the general atmosphere around the world champions is necessarily less inflamed than three years ago after the coronation at the World Cup. To get off on the right foot, Didier Deschamps put his trust in his hard core made up of executives – without Olivier Giroud discarded – while adding freshness with four new kids. Théo Hernandez (AC Milan), Jordan Veretout (AS Roma), Aurélien Tchouaméni (AS Monaco) and Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) thus discovered the great world of A.
Who are the big absentees compared to the Euro?
Compared to the group of 26 elements which contested the Euro last June, they are eight not to appear in the list of September. For various reasons. The big absentee, for sporting reasons dixit Didier Deschamps, turns out to be Olivier Giroud (34 years old, 110 selections, 46 goals). The second top scorer in the history of the Blues, again holder in his new club AC Milan, was beaten by Anthony Martial, replacing with Manchester United… Injured or still judged too fair physically, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Hernandez, Adrien Rabiot and Ousmane Dembélé are also absent. Present at the Euro, Wissam Ben Yedder and Marcus Thuram pay their start to any season with their respective club.
Which team will Didier Deschamps line up?
The Blues should return to a more classic system on Wednesday night than the three-way defense which was a fiasco against Switzerland at the Euro. The 4-3-3 would hold the rope with a starting eleven made up of Lloris in the goal, Koundé and Digne in the corridors, Varane-Kimpembe in central defense, a midfielder (Kanté is forfeited for injury) made up of Tolisso in low point , Right axial Pogba and Lemar its counterpart on the left. All with an attacking trio made up of Griezmann on the right, Mbappé on the left and Benzema in the center.
The probable eleven of the Blues: Lloris – Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne – Pogba, Tolisso, Lemar – Griezmann, Benzema, Mbappé
What is the situation of the Blues in view of the World Cup in Qatar?
One sequence chases another. After his failed Euro and a premature elimination in the round of 16 in front of Switzerland, the France team is once again opening the chapter which should lead it to the World Cup in Qatar in 2022 (21 November-18 December) with the reception of Bosnia this Wednesday in Strasbourg. Leaders of group D after three days (2 wins, one draw), the world champions have started their campaign perfectly and already have four units ahead of Ukraine, which they will find again on Saturday in Kiev. In the event of a full card during this sequence of three matches (Bosnia, Ukraine and Finland) and depending on the results of the other competitors, the Blues could even validate their ticket for Qatar from September. In which case, we would have to wait until November with the reception of Kazakhstan on the 13th and the trip to Finland on the 16th.