The qualification being acquired, this last meeting of the group stage between France and Tunisia, this Wednesday, November 30, fueled many discussions in the great game of “who would do what”. With the understanding that a third game is then used to rotate the workforce, it was a question of who would get on the carousel, with a small chance of catching the pompom. That is to say to sit at the very end of the bench of substitutes in the future.
Deschamps turns everything upside down
But at kick-off, the main surprise came from the extent of the change proposed by Didier Deschamps: nine entrants, with some truly unpredictable like Randal Kolo Muani at the forefront of the attack, and Axel Disasi for a first start to the right of the defense in place of Benjamin Pavard. In 2014 in Brazil and in 2018 in Russia, the boss of the Blues was content to launch six new players on the meadow. At a press conference the day before, the coach had warned: “In no case should this third match be overused. The dynamic is important internally. » A way to motivate future fresh troops.
Except that there, it was a completely different team from France which found itself asked not to damage the beautiful work woven until then by the previous one. The only ones to put the blue heater on, Raphaël Varane, lacking rhythm after his injury, and Aurélien Tchouaméni, in other words barely the base of the usual spine of the Blues. Deschamps turns it all upside down, here is an additional novelty.
More than a third match, an experimental match? The best way to concern absolutely everyone or almost, to further perfect group life? The risk of the formula is to reveal only a draft that is difficult to judge. And in fact, on the meadow, the case resulted in a very painful first half, with a team necessarily without great benchmarks but also individuals with very measured commitment. Tunisia at least showed more intensity, if not much more skill. The draw at the break is not only on the scoreboard, only the permanent fear inspired by a trembling French team allowing them to escape boredom.
The second half started on the same basis, and what had to happen happened, after a loss of ball, the blue defense letting itself be pierced (1-0, goal by Wahbi Khazri). The sequel was more decent with the entry of a few executives to avoid a correction, but without the Blues managing to equalize, a goal from Antoine Griezmann in extremis being finally refused for offside.
What lesson can we draw from such a meeting? That the Blues do not have a remarkable bench depth, only among the substitutes the defender Ibrahima Konaté having proved convincing.
Can’t wait for Sunday? It is indeed the feeling that emerged after such a spectacle. The Blues are done with their first round, and almost everyone (except third goalkeeper Alphonse Areola) has come for a lap. It wasn’t for the best.