Authors of a successful performance, the world champions smiled again when eliminating Austria on Thursday evening (2-0).
At the Estadio de France
Reconnect with victory and seduce: mission accomplished. Suffice it to say that Didier Deschamps’ men, after a run in June unworthy of their status as world champions (2 losses, 2 draws), brilliantly completed the return to school on Thursday evening by offering Austria (2-0) to a serious and successful match of the League of Nations. While providing entertainment to a packed Stade de France for their favorite team’s last home outing before the World Cup (November 20 to December 18). A success that allows the pass to leave the last place in the group to the losers of the evening. It’s always good to take.
The blues are smiling again, Mbappé puts on a show
We had left Antoine Griezmann’s partners down and the morale reached on June 13, especially after the defeat against Croatia in Saint-Denis (0-1), to finally find them incisive and attractive three months later. Despite a largely redesigned team, the Blues revealed dominance, composure and direction as a monstrous Kylian Mbappé (58 games, 28 goals) in each of his ball throws and author of a sumptuous goal (56th, 1-0) , a solid Raphaël Varane who is back to his best, or even an Aurélien Tchouaméni who is getting thicker with each of his outings in the two-star jersey. So much good news for Didier Deschamps ahead of the upcoming XXL meeting in two months.
Super Giroud strikes again
The other (great) satisfaction of the evening is called Olivier Giroud. In the balance of a place on the plane to Doha and summoned this week due to the absence of Karim Benzema, the Milanese, masterful header scorer (2-0, 65th), was able to demonstrate again why the French national team needs In his key role, his ability to play for others, to store in small spaces, the second highest goalscorer in the history of the blues (113 games, 49 goals) offers solutions and guarantees to Didier Deschamps. But above all an alternative to Madrid when he is absent.
Whether with Mbappé or Griezmann, the 35-year-old forward was almost all of his team’s good shots in the first act (13th, 25th, 35th, 39th) before being a decisive assist for Mbappé’s goal and d ‘scoring his 49th goal for the national team. , two Thierry Henry units. colossal Enough to be in the World Cup? If, of course, he hasn’t lost any points, he certainly hasn’t won any either, knowing that this is all being played out somewhere else. With Didier Deschamps still wondering whether Giroud will accept his status as a substitute in Qatar, the uncertainty continues. Totally. It is up to the manager to manage the management issues, but to be deprived of a Giroud of this caliber in two months would be incomprehensible.
The carnage continues, a headache for Deschamps
The only drawback in a Stade de France in the sky and which will not see the national team again before 2023, the cascade of injuries that continues among the world champions. Jules Koundé (hamstring), released in the 22nd minute of play and Mike Maignan (left calf pain) at half-time, replaced by William Saliba and Alphonse Areola completed the blue infirmary already full to the brim (Lloris, Kimpembe, the Hernández brothers , Konaté, Digne, Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot, Kamara, Coman, Benzema). On his bench, Didier Deschamps did not hide his pout with these two new mistakes that complicate his life when a trip to Denmark is presented on Sunday. But it is also proof that despite all these injuries, the French tank, like the successful performances of Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana, the two rookies of the afternoon, offers real solutions in his head. Good news for the trip to Qatar.