France bounced back from their shock loss in Konya as they beat Andorra 4-0. Didier Deschamps rang in the changes- seven of them in total, and was rewarded with a comfortable 4-0 win that saw Kylian Mbappe, Wissam Ben Yedder, Florian Thauvin and Kurt Zouma get on the scoresheet.
The evening worked out quite well for the French, with Turkey’s away loss in Iceland meaning that Les Bleus are now top of their qualifying group.
According to the French press, Didier Deschamps is likely to ring in the changes following Les Bleus’ disappointing 2-0 loss against Turkey in Konya. France play Andorra away tonight and while victory is almost a given, here are the changes Deschamps might make this evening.
Six players who started the Turkey loss are also expected to be in the XI against Andorra- skipper Lloris, defender Varane, midfielder Pogba and the attacking trio of Griezmann, Mbappe and Giroud.
The majority of the changes are likely to be in defence, with Real Madrid bound Ferland Mendy coming in at left back, Clement Lenglet replacing club mate Samuel Umtiti at centre back, and Leo Dubois in for Benjamin Pavard on the right side. Other likely changes include Ndombele for Sissoko in midfield and Thauvin for Matuidi.
Turkey registered their first ever competitive win over France as the reigning world champions were upset in Konya over the weekend. Prior to this clash, the French had lost only one of their last 15 games in European qualifying (against Belarus in 2010), but turned in a lacklustre performance as the Turks went top of Group A. The loss came just 24 hours after Les Bleus’ women counterparts had begun their 2019 WWC campaign with a confident 4-0 win over South Korea. Continue reading
Young French star Kylian Mbappe has come under fire for “acting like Neymar” during Les Bleus’ quarterfinal against Argentina. Mbappe was involved in an incident with Cristian Rodriguez that saw the former go to the ground theatrically, and referee Pitana chose to give both players yellow cards.
Some have put this down to Neymar’s influence on Mbappe, with the two currently at the same club- Paris Saint-Germain. Continue reading
France will not be having a South American opponent for the third time in succession at the knockout stages of the World Cup after Belgium upset Tite’s Brazil to set up a semifinal with Les Bleus.
Roberto Martinez’s side stunned the South American giants, with an own goal from Fernandinho and a stunner from Kevin de Bruyne doing the business for them in Kazan.
France had beaten Uruguay in the last eight and seen off Argentina in the Round of 16. They also had Peru in their group.
Brazil’s elimination also means that this will be the first World Cup without one of them, Germany or Argentina in the semifinals since the tournament began.