Monday, June 06, 2011

Equipe de France - starting XI for Ukraine match, no surprises

No surprise from Laurent Blanc and his announced starting XI.

Le onze tricolore :
 Mandanda – Réveillère, Kaboul, Sakho, Evra – Matuidi, Cabaye, M’Vila – Rémy, Gameiro, Ménez

As mentioned in an earlier post, this 4-3-3 could easily evolve into a 4-3-2-1 with Remy and Menez dropping deeper in the park. I could also see Menez dropping behind Remy and Gameiro, acting like a 9 1/2 with Remy playing wide, Gameiro as the high striker and Menez pulling the strings just in front of the midfield 3 and behind the strikers. With this formation, it will be important to see how the wide fullbacks an support and provide offensive width to the team.

With Matuidi, Cabaye and M'Vila patrolling the midfield, I believe we will see a similar game as to the one France had against Bosnia when they rolled out a 4-3-3. The heavily leaning defensive and holding flavor for France's midfield should snuff out much of Ukraine's creativity and offensive space in the middle of the park. Should be an interesting match with regards to tactics and how the newbies play.

Prediction: France 1 Ukraine 0, goal by Menez.

Allez les Bleus!


Anonymous said...

great debut for martin! 2 goals, one assist--couldn't ask for a better showing. gameiro-menez-martin is a pretty good plan B. This assumes that Plan A is Benzema-Nasri-Malouda-Ribery--although i believe menez should start on the right instead of malouda, and if martin continues to play like this, there's no reason why nasri should have a lock on the #10 position.

GFC said...

I completely agree, just posted my write up on the game. Great debut by Martin, no doubt, but let us not get ahead of ourselves!

But having options - Nasry Martin, Ribery, Malouda, Menez - for the creative aspect in the midfield is not a bad problem to have!

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