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DECISION – What did Figaro’s special correspondents think of the victory of the blues on Thursday evening in Saint-Denis, against Austria (2-0), in the League of Nations?


Duet from hell Giroud-Mbappé

Both men enjoyed and thrilled the crowd at the Stade de France. Let’s not forget Antoine Griezmann either, back to a much more consistent level than in June, but the Giroud-Mbappé duo really hurt the Austrians on Thursday. A goal each, incessant activity, mad rushes from the Parisian, a tasty pivot role from the Milanese… For a high-flying global copy. How can you imagine Deschamps depriving himself of such a solution at the World Cup in case of Benzema’s poor form?

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Fofana-Badiashile, newcomers to the appointment

They broke the screen. For a first selection, you need to realize the weight that this shirt can represent. It can paralyze and baffle you. On Thursday evening, the two Monegasques proved quite the opposite by relaying the calmness, serenity and quality of the game, to the delight of Didier Deschamps who will remember their performance. Even if the competition is huge in defense and in the middle these two are not out of the game. And with just one selection on the clock, it’s huge to still believe in Qatar.


Varane, the return of the boss

Raphaël Varane, the return. His first season in the Mancunian was not impressive, between physical problems and poor performance. The second starts with better auspiciousness, and this was confirmed on Thursday evening with the blues. We found the real Varane, the one who masterfully led the defense of the world champion French team in Russia. At the right moment, less than two months before the start of the World Cup… In addition, the ex-Madrid player supported, guided, in fact perfectly improved his young colleagues in defense, William Saliba (who replaced Jules Koundé , injured) and Benoît Badiashile, neophyte. “He is our captain and he helped me a lot. It’s easier to play with a great defender like that for a player making his first selection… I’m very happy and I thank him for helping me.“, emphasizes the young (21-year-old) ASM left axial. One thing is certain: to see Varane at this level, it is beautiful, it is also reassuring.

Claw strikes

Cardboard players, a complete infirmary

When he raises the issue, Didier Deschamps knocks on wood so that the situation doesn’t get any worse. With Jules Koundé (hamstring) and Mike Maignan (shin), injured on Thursday evening and withdrawn on Sunday in Denmark, the French team has a very full infirmary. Blame it on a schedule that has long disrespected the top players. Hoping that in two months, the trainer’s black cat will stay in France and not travel to Qatar.

A weak Austria

It’s true that the Blues produced a performance”reassuring“says Jonathan Clauss, after a less-than-stellar June. But it should be noted that the level of opposition was not very high… This Austrian set never troubled the tricolor goalkeepers, Mike Maignan in the first period and Alphonse Areola, after the break. Light…”If Kylian Mbappé had played with us tonight, the game might not have been the same. Unfortunately, we don’t have Kylian Mbappé“, Ralf Rangnick, the Austrian coach, lamented. Except that Mbappé was not missing…

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