With key midfield players like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba unavailable for selection, L’Equipe say that France coach Didier Deschamps is likely to turn to the pair of Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso for tonight’s game against Albania at the Stade de France.
Here are the predicted lineups for both teams for this important qualifier.
Predicted French XI: Lloris, Hernandez, Lenglet, Varane, Havard, Matuidi, Tolisso, Lemar, Griezmann, Coman, Giroud
World champions France have released their squad for their upcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers against Albania and Andorra. Despite several key players like Kylian Mbappe and N’Golo Kante injured and others like Samuel Umtiti and Alexandre Lacazette not chosen, this still remains a strong French squad.
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