Once again, Didier Deschamps has to adapt. Already deprived of two holders before the announcement of his list, he has lost a third since, with the renunciation of Paul Pogba. All the left axis of his usual defense collapsed with the planned absences of Umtiti and Hernandez. The lining of the latter, Benjamin Mendy, also had to leave Clairefontaine, his namesake Ferland Mendy, first convocation, disembarking.
The group logic should lead the boss of the Blues to favor the hinge Varane – Kimpembe, even if the Parisian did not meet expectations last month against Iceland (2-2) and Germany (2-1). ). "I'm convinced that the two games of the last rally will serve him well, even if there was a negative," says DD. He is someone who listens and needs to correct some things. A little more concentration and lucidity to gain efficiency.
On his left, Digne, more seasoned than Mendy, should finish a line started on the right by Pavard and thus Varane. Both are patraques, but there is no better. Pavard is in a bad mood because of his troubles with Stuttgart, but Sidibé is posting a worrying level at the moment. Varane is just resuming training after suffering from adductors and should, unless relapse, take his place in Rotterdam.
Nzonzi or Sissoko
In the middle, the departure of Pogba and the long absence of Tolisso open more choices to the coach. Let Matuidi "go down" in the middle to accompany Kanté to recovery. Moussa Sissoko, as at Euro 2016, would settle to the right of 4-4-2, Mbappé passing to the left, in front of the duo Griezmann – Giroud.
The other option for Deschamps, which is also more faithful to group logic, is to replace Pogba with Nzonzi without touching the rest. Although the profiles of the Roman and Mancunian are very different, the balance and habits are preserved. With Nzonzi, Kanté can play a little higher. Since he knows how to do everything, it's really not a problem.
The probable team: Lloris (cap.) – Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Digne – Mbappe, Nzonzi, Kante, Matuidi – Griezmann, Giroud.