Forget the failure of the euro to go down on the right foot, head to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. That is the goal of the Blues, who face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday, the starting point for a hectic week with three World Cup qualifying matches. After two months of humiliation by the Swiss, Euro 16 winners against a stunned French side, Didier Deschamps’ players will have to restore collective confidence and ignore the internal disagreements that could affect their minds. from the group.
The Blues find that Bosnia was already defeated at the end of March in Sarajevo thanks to a single goal from Antoine Griezmann (1-0). A favorite on paper, the Habs still have to deal several damages: Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez’s side, already unavailable against Nati, is forfeited again. Another hit with a groin injury for defender Dayot Opicano. He had to give up Monday’s rally at Clairefontaine. Clement Lenglet, who was having a hard time facing Switzerland, replaced him in disaster.
However, these packages can give hope in defense to players who usually vacillate between periods of play and elimination, such as Jules Koundé and Lucas Digne. Among the newcomers to the France group, AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez can hope to play his first minutes in the space left vacant by his brother Lucas.
The blues find their supporters
After several months of matches behind closed doors due to Covid, the Blues will meet their fans on Wednesday at the completely sold-out Meinau Stadium. Fans are eagerly awaiting the 5-star attack of the French national team with Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema. It may also be possible to see young winger Moussa Diaby (Bayer Leverkusen) taking his first steps in a tricolor shirt.
But all eyes should be on Mbappe, a nugget of PSG and at the center of the most impressive TV series of the current transfer window, which ends on Tuesday at midnight. The Parisian 7th seed once again proved his ability to shrug off media turmoil by scoring two goals on Sunday against Reims in the French Ligue 1.
new in the middle
For Didier Deschamps, it will be in the middle that he will have the opportunity to innovate more, in the absence of Adrien Rabiot who remains in Italy due to injury and with reserves also for N’Golo Kanté, who has been weak for several days at the ankle. So there will be a huge blow to new players: Jordan Veretot, who shines in the midfield in Rome, and Aurelien Chuamini, with his impressive performance in Monaco.
She called 23 Blues to kick off the school year, knowing that beyond instant deadlines, there’s a World Cup they’re aiming for and they all dream of competing for, individually and collectively. The path to achieving that continues on Wednesday against Bosnia from Miralem Pjanic and Edin Dzeko, then against Ukraine in Kiev on Saturday and Finland next Tuesday in Lyon.
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