France coach Didier Deschamps has urged Raphael Varane, Presnel Kimpembe and Karim Benzema to be fit to start the World Cup following injuries as Les Bleus begin their defense of their climb with a unique group of 25 players.
The national coach, who announced his choices on the eighth night of the TF1 on Wednesday night before holding a press conference to explain his decisions, he intends to change his behavior in Qatar and returned to the final four, leaving a new test. with a three-man rear guard.
He wanted to choose a party of 23, but to take a large team to Qatar with injury problems surrounding his players. Deschamps had previously required all players going to a major tournament to play for their clubs in the build-up to the tournament but, in Varane’s case, he made an exception.
It represents the position of the middle half in the national system.
The 29-year-old has not featured since suffering a hamstring injury against Manchester United at Chelsea on October 22. Although he will not feature for his club before joining the national team, there is speculation that he could Varane will train with his international teammates next week.
Benzema has only played 27 minutes for Real Madrid since mid-October following an ankle problem. There are concerns about the fitness of Kimpembe, who has started one game for Paris Saint-Germain since September 10 and continues to suffer from an Achilles injury. Kimpembe is expected to train at PSG on Thursday and is expected to play in Sunday’s Ligue 1 against Auxerre.
Liverpool midfielder Ibrahima Konate is back on the field as he returns to the first team at club level following a knee problem.
AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan could not recover from a calf problem – Rennes’ Steve Mandanda, at 37, and West Ham United’s Alphonse Areoloa will be the back-up for Hugo Lloris – despite the decision not to select to Jonathan Clauss of Marseille and Lucas Digne of Aston Villa shows Deschamps’ decision to return from his new 3-4-1-2 formation to the successful 4-2-3-1 in 2018.
“It’s a pain in the back,” said Deschamps. “We did a lot of evaluations (of the new games), and I had a lot of discussions with my staff and my players. The opinions expressed changed my decision. We did some things very good in this system (with three at the back), but we were in trouble at times. We often compare if we turned into some bad situations. To win the competition, you have to hold the defense.
“We must defend well, defend well, not at the expense of our attacking intent, but if I choose this formation, I think we can do both. The system leads to different choices of players.There are nine defenders in the squad – one more than usual.
Asked about Konate’s inclusion, he added: “You don’t start his age in a Liverpool team that became European champions by accident.”
Deschamps, who appeared in his press conference, admitted that choosing this team was “very easy” with injuries that denied him Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kante, whose The central group was instrumental in curbing the rise in Russia four years ago. .
The focus will be on Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni, who has established himself as a regular in the absence of the more experienced duo. His young team-mate, Eduardo Camavinga, has been cut despite winning one cap in the last two years.
“The main thing against Eduardo is the lack of playing time, but he is at Real Madrid,” said Deschamps. “He only has worlds in front of him. And something always happens when he’s on stage. He doesn’t do everything well, he likes some situations more than others, but It’s great to have her versatility.Add to that great mindset, she has an infectious laugh and she’s a great listener.
There is a call for Marseille’s Jordan Veretout, who has not played a single minute for the national team in 2022, as well as his teammate Matteo Guendouzi, and Monaco’s most promising Youssouf Fofana. He formed a good partnership with Tchouameni in the Principality last year before last summer’s transfer to Madrid.
“I have confidence in these players,” said Deschamps. “You know what the two players (Pogba and Kante) have shown in terms of vision and leadership. Fortunately, in different clubs, these players have more playing time. It won’t give them the experience of Paul and NG, but I still trust them.
The French competition will be led by PSG’s Kylian Mbappe and Benzema. Milan starter Olivier Giroud, two goals shy of Thierry Henry’s national record of 51, has been selected for his third World Cup.
The players will report to the national training ground in Clairefontaine, outside Paris, next Monday afternoon to begin their preparations. The French delegation will fly to Doha on Wednesday morning, six days before their first group game, where they will be based at the Al-Messila stadium outside the capital. They will train for the first time at the Al-Sadd pitch, a 15-minute drive from the team hotel, on Friday.
National teams must submit their confirmed rosters to FIFA by Monday evening (November 14), but there is still time to make changes up to 24 hours before the first match of competition if the players are injured. That means France have until November 21, 24 hours before they kick off against Australia, to make the changes.
Photographers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur), Alphonse Areola (West Ham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes).
Contraindications: Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich), Theo Hernandez (AC Milan), Presnel Kimpembe (PSG), Ibrahima Konate (Liverpool), Jules Kounde (Barcelona), Benjamin Pavard (Bayern Munich), William Saliba (Arsenal), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern Munich ), Raphael Varane (Manchester United).
Intermediate: Eduardo Camavinga (Real Madrid), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurelien Tchouameni (Real Madrid), Jordan Veretout (Marseille).
straight ahead: Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Olivier Giroud (AC Milan), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Kylian Mbappe (Paris Saint-Germain), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Christopher Nkunku (RB Leipzig).
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