Attention danger. The Netherlands team, which suffered a stern 3-0 to the German team a month ago, is waiting for the Blues with appetite and a Memphis Depay in great shape on Friday. France, it advances to the meeting in Rotterdam with less defensive certainty. She has conceded four goals in the last three games and has been heavily relying on her goalies. Above all, she will line up a revamped team.
Lucas Hernandez is forfeited, as is Samuel Umtiti. Benjamin Pavard, even though he has just won his second match of the season, is still last in the Bundesliga with Stuttgart. Presnel Kimpembe has just experienced a suspension of three games and an early season when his status as holder is challenged at PSG. Raphaël Varane is coming back from a groin injury. Lucas Digne, who plays the games at Everton, should accompany these three men in the left lane. The quartet has already played for 45 minutes against Iceland (2-2), until the exit of Varane.
"What is unfortunate is that there is not too much competition for the posts of defenders, believes Manuel Amoros, champion of Europe 1984. There are not many side, and again, we have had a good surprise at the Cup where we were waiting for Sidibé and Mendy and where Pavard and Hernandez played. "
"Did Did Deschamps to make them responsible …"
The staff of the Blues shares the feeling that the pool is lean, including the position of right side. It will therefore be necessary to deal with the forces involved and remobilize the players. "It is necessary that French players are a little more effective in club and put the pressure on those who are there, underlines Amoros. They are quiet. It is up to Didier Deschamps also to make them responsible so that they move … "
An imperative that goes beyond the defensive lines. Faced with the lack of withdrawal of the attackers against Germany, Didier Deschamps had to change the game system and give up his 4-4-2 for a 4-3-3.
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"The dynamic of the Blues remains good, even if there is a little relaxation after a World Cup, says the former international François Clerc (13 selections). The hallmark of France was to win the World Cup by being super welded. We had rarely seen that. It is logical, unconsciously, to do a little less in the League of Nations. France is still able to put the same intentions, but not necessarily on a whole match. "The former side of Lyon and Nice summons the memories" from 1998 to 2000 when the Blues had managed to maintain a crazy demand. " A reference that Didier Deschamps knows better than anyone.