France finished their pre World Cup friendlies with a disappointing 1-1 draw with the United in Lyon. Coach Didier Deschamps had said before the game that the lineup he fielded against the MNT would be similar to the XI one could expect to start in the World Cup opener against Australia. Despite a poor performance against Italy, Paul Pogba was chosen in the lineup, partnering N’Golo Kante and Blaise Matuidi in the centre of the park.
France’s starting lineup v United States 2018:- Lloris, Sidibe, Varane, Mendy, Umtiti, Matuidi, Kante, Pogba, Griezmann, Giroud, Mbappe
The United States fielded a young lineup, with Bobby Wood the only player with real experience in the starting XI. The rest were players with less than international caps, with the likes of DeAndre Yedlin and Joe Corona kept on the bench by coach Dave Sarachan. Continue reading
Under fire midfielder Paul Pogba will look to make a compelling case for his inclusion in France’s starting XI when Les Bleus take on the United States in their final friendly before the World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ side have won their last three games but Pogba’s form in their 2-1 victory over Nice has raised more questions than answers with pundits and former players both calling for the Manchester United medio’s exclusion. Continue reading
Roberto Mancini suffered his first defeat as Italy manager as the Azzurri went down 3-1 to Didier Deschamps’ France in Nice. The former Man City and Zenit gaffer had started his tenure in charge of the national team with a 2-1 win over Saudi Arabia, but the Euro 2016 finalists were too strong for them and ran out deserved winners on Saturday night. Continue reading
Could Anthony Martial leave Manchester United this summer? Rumours surrounding the French winger’s future have again started surfacing after he was one of the United players criticised by manager Jose Mourinho after their 1-0 loss to Brighton at the Amex- the first time that the Red Devils have lost away to all three promoted teams in the same season since the PL began.
Mourinho gave starts to both Martial and Marcus Rashford, but was left less than impressed with what he say. The Portuguese gaffer didn’t name Martial directly, but the comments below clearly refer to the former Monaco star.
“For many months you are always asking me why this player doesn’t play, why that player doesn’t play, why this player is on the bench, why always Lukaku?”
Colombia registered their first ever win over France as Didier Deschamps’ side squandered a two goal lead to lose in a five goal thriller. A beautiful passing move resulting in a goal for Olivier Giroud, and another for Liverpool and United target Thomas Lemar had put Les Bleus 2-0 ahead, but they were stunned by a fantastic fightback from Los Cafetaros, who drew level thanks to goals from Muriel and Falcao and then won it at the end through Quintero’s penalty after a foul from Barcelona’s Samuel Umtiti
Colombia’s win over France was another example of South American teams beating European opposition in their respective friendlies, with Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina and Peru also winning in this round.
France XI: Lloris; Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne Mbappe, Kante, Matuidi, Lemar; Griezmann, Giroud Continue reading
Here are two brand new kits for France’s World Cup 2018 campaign, unveiled by Nike today, just two months before the beginning of the big quadrennial extravaganza- a navy home strip and a white away kit that incorporates the colours of the French national flag.
France reached the finals of Euro 2016 on home soil before losing to Portugal, and will be hoping to go one step further and emulate the class of 98 by lifting the trophy this summer in Russia Continue reading