Austria-France: the composition of the Blues with Saliba and Rabiot

Austria-France: the composition of the Blues with Saliba and Rabiot

This was a strong trend since closed-door training in Paderborn on Friday. This will, according to our information, which confirms that of the Team, be verified, this Monday, with the tenure of William Saliba and Adrien Rabiot in the starting eleven called to challenge Austria for entry into the running of the Blues in the Euro.

The Arsenal central defender is a bit of a surprise guest in this first composition. He is preferred, thus, to Ibrahima Konaté and will team up for the 3rd time at kick-off with Dayot Upamecano. The two men formed the hinge in Denmark in September 2022 (0-2), then against Canada on June 9 in Bordeaux (0-0).

Its history in blue started timidly (15 selections), but it will therefore experience a serious boost with its presence at the Merkur Spiel-Arena. For the record, the Bondinoy born had only been used in one match, at the 2022 World Cup, during the defeat in the group stage against Tunisia (1-0).

Adrien Rabiot, lightly injured in an ankle during the opposition on the eve of the match, also holds his place in the midfield. He has not appeared in competition since May 20 with Juventus. He has since been spared for a long time by the Blues staff due to calf pain. His ability to compensate for a very forward left lane, as well as his experience, speak in his favor.


He is associated with N’Golo Kanté and Antoine Griezmann in support of the offensive Ousmane Dembélé, Kylian Mbappé and Marcus Thuram. A question remains about the register assigned to Griezmann. We saw, on Sunday, during the last setup, the French vice-captain often very high on the pitch, even directly at the height of the opposing centrals.

Which would suggest that Deschamps has not ruled out the idea of ​​positioning him as a second attacker. During the week, “Grizou” had rather been seen, as at the 2022 World Cup, in the heart of the game, in a three-way environment.


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