Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Just when you thought it was safe to go back to the 4-2-3-1...surprise surprise

So Blanc springs another surprise on us - goes back to a 4-3-3 and gives us a new formula with regards to the players...the biggest surprise is to find Menez in the starting 11 and Remy as the point of the attack...

France : Lloris (cap.), Réveillère, Rami, Abidal, Evra, M'Vila, Cabaye, Nasri, Ménez, Malouda, Rémy. 

The back line is not a surprise as Abidal returned to fitness and Evra recovered from the knock he picked up. M'Vila and Cabaye also no surprise, Nasri earned another start and it will be interesting if he slots right or starts in the middle of the park. Up front is where things become interesting. Remy can play as the point, but with a fit Gameiro I thought he would be first option for that role. Menez on the right and Malouda on the left seems like a normal fit; however, I wonder if France have all of sudden become "right leaning." I do not mean voting for Le Pen and the FN, I mean with the likes of Menez, Remy and Nasri might the offense lean to much to the right channel? Could we see Remy drift into Menez's corridor? Will Nasri have the freedom he had during the Albania match to stay wide right and drift back in to the center? Could this right leaning formation allow Malouda more room to operate on the left flank and give Evra space to make runs from fullback?

An interesting formation to say the least, in addition this is not a very big line up, that could prove dangerous on set pieces trying to defend the likes of Dzeko.

Once again Blanc tinkers with his formation and strategy, so far he seems to have pulled the right levers, let see if that is the case again today.

Allez les Bleus!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

phew, qualified by the skin of the teeth! The last 5 minutes made me nervous. I had visions of Ginola flashing through my head...

Anonymous said...

abidal was awful, and rami wasn't much better. can't wait until mexes is back in action.

philip said...

Defence was horrible until the 2nd half. But CONGRATS LES BLEUS Nasri finally ends that drought and wow I did not no Menez was that fast he had a good game.

GFC said...

Menez had a good last 30 minutes, and he does have bags of pace...

josemanes said...

Congrats to France on qualifying for Euro 2012. The playoffs and draw should be interesting. Look forward to next summer's tournament...

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