Monday, June 23, 2014

The luxury of 6 points heading to last group game - Deschamps with more changes?

Now it appears that a starting central defender might be out for the Ecuador game for France...but it isn't Sakho. Instead it appears that the young Real Madrid central defender Varane might be out. From what appears to be a bad stomach bug, maybe drank some of the local water,Varane appears to be out for the last group match. Add this to the yellow card accumulations for Cabaye and there are two starters from the first two games that will not be present against Ecuador. From the reports coming out of the French camp, the line up for Wednesday might be very different.
  • Back to Griezmann over Giroud? Appears this might be the case. If so, not a big fan of this move. In a way we know that this formation works, with Griezmann a natural left winger. But there is something intriguing about having both Giroud and Benzema on the pitch together. In addition, this match I expect Ecuador will pack the in back and look to hit on the counter. A perfect type of match for a player like Giroud who offers a good target man in the box.
  • The first start for Schneiderlin? This would be very interesting. A player that the English press was at times falling over itself to find a way to have play for England. Would DD want to put in the Southampton midfielder in over Mavuba who appeared to be the like for like replacement for Cabaye? I like it. Let us see how the midfielder
    Ready to start in World Cup for Engla...err France
    would function in the role usually held by Cabaye. He would also bring some height to the line up - something Mavuba doesn't have. Morgan might be needed later in this tournament, if France progress, so get him some run.
  • The fullbacks - seems like DD will go with his secondary options for right and left back. With Sagna and Digne starting over Debuchy and Evra. This would protect Evra and his yellow card, as well as getting Digne some World Cup action. Important considering that Evra's yellow card would still be hanging over his head in the first know out game...I do not have any concerns with either starting.
  • Going back to a 4-4-2? It appears that Valbuena will sit, hmmm. I am okay resting Le Petit Velo, but doing so to go a very defensive midfield? Not sure about that. I would accept sitting Valbuena and having Remy or Cabella given the start out on the right wing, sticking with a 4-3-3, this might be the case since in another formation DD inserted Giroud and Remy in place of Benzema and Matuidi - that would most likely see Giroud as the center forward, with Remy on the right, Griezmann on the left.
The potential line up -

L’√©quipe probable : Lloris - Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Digne - Pogba, Schneiderlin, Matuidi - Sissoko, Benzema, Griezmann

We have another day of training so all this might change. But it appears that Les Bleus will roll out a very different line up and potentially formation on Wednesday.

Allez les bleus.


pierrot said...

i thought sakho was definitely out?
apart from height advantage over mavuba, as an epl player schneiderlin will know ecuador danger-man a. valencia well, as will kos in cd.
would like to see:
sagna mangala kos digne
valbuena schneiderlin matuidi sissoko
giroud benz

remy for benz @ 60', griezmann for valbuena and pogba for matuidi @ 70'

GFC said...

I thought Sakho was out as well. Sounds as if he has recovered much faster than expected.

Good call on Schneiderlin knowing the Manchester United man - Valencia.