Monday, August 12, 2013

Abidal back as central defender?

Latest news out of Clairefontaine - Abidal will most likely get the nod in the center of the back four defenders. Hmmmm. I am still not sure why the Monaco defender got a call up to the national side. I am not saying that he should never get a call up, but he hasn't been able to get a decent amount of time back in his boots. But the fact that he might now be starting as a center back is a bit of a head scratcher. Why?

France have to focus on their remaining qualifiers and if, hopefully, they qualify for Brazil will Les Bleus be looking at Abidal as a viable option for central defense? I am not sure. I think that Deschamps needs to get his central defense in order...and not certain Abidal is a top option. Didn't we see this under Domenech during the disaster that was the South African World Cup? One of the last memories I have is of Abidal as a central defender getting carved up by Mexico. If he gets back to form, I do like him as an option on the left. But not in the middle. Especially when France have other options: Kos, Varane, Sakho, Yanga-Mbiwa, Rami, Mangala...of course Varane is injured so let us see what Deschamps does once the young Real player is back in the fold. I just don't see Abidal as a viable starting option if Les Bleus get to Brazil. So why not run out a young player like Mangala instead??

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