Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Les Bleus with a 5 man midfield? Might not be an option...

The latest news out of Paris is that Laurent Blanc might go with a 4-5-1 formation heading into the match against Brazil.

L'EQUIPE PROBABLE : Lloris - Sagna, Rami, Mexs, Abidal - A.Diarra, M'Vila, Ménez, Gourcuff, Malouda - Benzema

The keeper and back 4 are no surprise. Gourcuff seems to be slotted as the #10, even though his recent form has not been at the level he set a few seasons ago. The other players all make sense - 2 holding players in Diarra and M'Vila, Benzema as the lone striker and Malouda/Menez giving width. To me the real issue is whether France should hand the keys of the offense over to Gourcuff or should Blanc go with a "beefier" holding line - add Diaby over Gourcuff - and look for his front three to carry the offense?

A front 3 of Malouda - Benzema - Menez might be enough to give Brazil some problems, with the likes of Diaby creating some space in the middle of the park and this might be a good combination, much like what France did versus Serbia. In the end I think Blanc will want to get Gourcuff out there to see what he can do, figure out if he is back on the right path to living up to his potential or if the creative engine is really in the hands of Nasri.

Interesting dilemma for Blanc.

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