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Croatia-France: where to go and 5 questions about the redemption match
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Where and which channel to follow Croatia-France?
The Blues landed in Split on Sunday afternoon in bright sunshine and warm weather, before challenging Croatia on Monday evening. A match to watch on TV with our M6 teammates, but also on our Figaro site, with our live comments and on-site information from our special correspondent, Baptiste Desprez.
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What is the challenge of this 2nd day of the League of Nations?
Presnel Kimpembe was given a chance to change things around. “Obviously it will be mental because it is not easy to come and win here,” said the 26-year-old center-back. We were wrong on Friday (defeat 1-2 against Denmark at the Stade de France), we have to redeem ourselves. Although the game is fast approaching, we will try to catch up. “The same feeling on the part of Didier Deschamps, who would like a rebound of his troops in this new League of Nations. In the blue group, Austria will find Denmark, the two winning countries of the first day. Suffice it to say that a success of the world champions would put them back in the race for first place.
How did Didier Deschamps present himself, afflicted, to the press?
Back on Saturday with the French national team after leaving with his family on Tuesday due to the death of his father, the coach seemed tired, a little closed and necessarily very affected by this news. Normally mocking, hostile and never the last to “play” with reporters at a press conference, he did the work on Sunday evening in the Hadjuk Split press room, without adding to it. On Monday evening he will lead the Blues for 127e times (83 wins, 25 draws, 18 losses).
What team will be waiting for the Blues on Monday night?
Presnel Kimpembe will be the captain, instead of Hugo Lloris, who gives way to Mike Maignan, author of a XXL season with AC Milan. Information revealed by Deschamps himself at a press conference. Christopher Nkunku and Wissam Ben Yedder, as well as Mattéo Guendouzi in the middle of the field alongside Aurélien Tchouaméni, are expected to face the opposition on Sunday evening with a thermometer over 30 degrees. Benjamin Pavard, William Saliba and Lucas Digne are also expected to defend. During the opposition, the coach only lined up four defenders. From here imagine a return to a more classic pattern in Split?
Not necessarily impossible. For three reasons. “DD” has always said that the 3-4-1-2 system was there to put its three attackers in the best possible position. Except there, Benzema and Mbappé, who were content to run around the field on Sunday evening, are not in top form. First point. Friday’s three-man defense with Varane’s release was unsatisfactory and whatever it is, the Manchester center-back assures his team-mates. Injured, he will not be there for the rest of the rally. Second point. Finally, after a defeat to Denmark on Friday, Deschamps would return with a more “secure” system when it comes to lining up a four-man defense (Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe, Digne) against Croatia. Third point. It is not so illogical if we decipher the questions of the head of the blues.
The probable composition of the blue team:
Maignan – Pavard, Saliba, Kimpembe (cap), Digne – Clauss, Tchouaméni, Guendouzi, Diaby- Ben Yedder, Nkunku
What crazy stats can Antoine Griezmann improve against the Croatians?
It’s no secret that Antoine Griezmann is not in the shape of his life (20 games in a row without a goal), either with Atletico Madrid or even with the French national team in the face of his disappointing last game against Denmark. However, the Blues striker, the third highest scorer in the history of the national team (42 successes, ahead of Platini and behind Giroud, Henry) retains the full confidence of his coach. On Monday night, he could even improve on a crazy statistic, that is, play his 63rde consecutive match with the selection.