La sélection contre le Brésil :
Gardiens : Carrasso, Lloris, Mandanda
Défenseurs : Abidal, Clichy, Koscielny, Mexès, Rami, Réveillère, Sagna, Sakho
Milieux de terrain : Cabaye, Diaby, A. Diarra, Gourcuff, M’Vila, Malouda, Matuidi
Attaquants : Benzema, Gameiro, Hoarau, Rémy, Menez
No surprises in goal, Lloris should be the starter at Stade De France. On defense it is good to see the Arsenal man - Koscielny called up. Between himself, Sakho and Kaboul I think we are seeing who will assume the mantel of central defense for Les Bleus in the not to distant future. Also I hope this first call up means that the Gunner will be committed to playing for France - he does have the possibility of playing for Poland.
Up front no surprises either, Blanc seems to have placed his faith in Benzema, even thought the former Lyon striker remains in the Mourinho dog house at Real Madrid. The return of Menez is a good sign, he brings the flexibility to play up front as a striker or drop wide and play as a winger or even outside midfielder.
Based on his options and the opponent I would not be surprised if Blanc decided to go back and play a 4-3-3. Without the services of Nasri, I think that Blanc will not look to play a 3 man attacking midfield, although he could with a certain combination.
- Lloris in goal
- Back 4 should resemble the one from Wembley, with Abidal back at left back, which is one of the main reasons we did not see Evra back in the squad: Abidal, Rami, Mexes, Sagna as the back 4.
- 3 midfielders who I think Blanc will look to mimic what he did away to Bosnia - M'Vila, Diarra, Diaby. You might even see a start for Cabaye in the place of Diaby. This would give Blanc 3 holding/defensive midfielders, but who have the ability to start the attack and contribute on the offensive side. Blanc would look to these three to try and snuff out any oxygen the Brazilian midfield would need to mount sustained offenses.
- Up front a 3 man attack - Malouda, Benzema and Remy. The two wide players can easily drop back to help in the midfield while Benzema would be the point of attack.
There are some interesting cards to play for Blanc. I think if Gourcuff plays much will be expected of him, without Nasri on the pitch it will be up to the Lyon midfielder to carry the creative side of the French attack. The back 4 seems to be starting to gel, especially if Abidal continues to regain his form at left back...which is really where he should have been playing all along. Blanc has a deep pool when it comes to the holding spots, the question remains can he find the right combination offensively for Les Bleus.
See you next week!
Allez les Bleus!!