April 14, 2024

Pavard, the big surprise?

Didier Deschamps’s France team are on a roll in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, with five wins from as many matches, and can clinch their place this Friday evening (8:45pm) if they beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam. However, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has no defenders to face the Oranje, with Dayot Upamecano, Jules Koundé, William Saliba and Axel Disasi all out of action. Jean-Cl…

Didier Deschamps’s France team are on a roll in the Euro 2024 qualifiers, with five wins from as many matches, and can clinch their place this Friday evening (8:45pm) if they beat the Netherlands in Amsterdam. However, Les Bleus coach Didier Deschamps has no defenders to face the Oranje, with Dayot Upamecano, Jules Koundé, William Saliba and Axel Disasi all out of action. Jean-Clair Todibo and Castello Lukeba have been called up as reinforcements.

La Dèche is expected to partner Ibrahima Konaté and Lucas Hernandez in the central hinge, according to L’Equipe three days ahead of the match, but Nabil Djellit, speaking on the same media channel, advocated replacing Benjamin Pavard in the center alongside Konaté. I’m rewarding Pavard, who was downgraded during the World Cup (2022 in Qatar, editor’s note), who accepted versatility in the interests of the French team and who, today, with Inter Milan, is a very good defender. central. If he doesn’t play when Upamecano isn’t there, he never plays. We’re dealing with top defenders, and there are deltas like that between them, said the journalist.

As Les Bleus have a small margin in the race for qualification, Djellit is hoping to see Jonathan Clauss, a counter-attacker, start up front for the clash on Dutch soil, with Lucas Hernandez as his counterpart on the left, in the similar role he has at PSG (at the expense of his younger brother Théo). However, it’s against Scotland in a friendly next Tuesday in Lille that the coach of the 2018 world champions and 2022 world vice-champions could carry out more tests.