Another team from France. Yesterday, Didier Deschamps decided to rotate his team by making nine changes following his last starting lineup. Against Tunisia, the idea of the tricolor technician was to give playing time to the substitutes while giving the usual starters a break. But his plan was not really a success since those who are called “the hairdressers” were largely off the mark. Which is very worrying if ever there were to be injuries or suspensions during the rest of the tournament.
Beaten by the Eagles of Carthage (1-0), the Blues delivered a mediocre performance. Regulars of the selection, Raphaël Varane, to whom we gave the score of 3.5, was in difficulty and was supported by a good Ibrahima Konaté. Steve Mandanda or even Kinglsey Coman, from whom we expected much more, were not up to it either. Hugo Lloris’ understudy was not really reassuring and the Bayern Munich player, who had a rating of 3 from the FM editorial staff, was perfect in his role as the invisible man. The Team and The Parisian gave him the same rating for all of his work. Aurélien Tchouameni (4.5) could and should have taken more responsibility, but it was complicated with a very extensively overhauled team.
If the “elders” weren’t very good yesterday, what about the others. Against Tunisia, we saw Blues in every sense of the word. Many did not show anything or what they showed was not worthy of the international level. Eduardo Camavinga occupied the left-back role as best he could. But given what he showed, one wonders how Deschamps thought it was a good idea. The Madrilenian, who had the note of 2 from us, was very messy. But he will have opportunities to catch up, especially if he plays his position.
Mattéo Guendouzi, Jordan Veretout and Youssouf Fofana were also excellent from mediocrity. Guendouzi, who obtained a score of 3, was penalized with the same score by our colleagues from The Team who wrote about him: “we don’t know in which area he was the worst, with or without the ball”. Voluntary, the Marseillais missed almost everything and it is a feat to have seen him so long on the meadow where he spent 79 minutes in hell. His teammate Jordan Veretout (3.5) and Youssouf Fofana (4) also missed their meeting and we are not sure to see them again elsewhere than on the training ground at the base camp of the Blues.
In attack, Randal Kolo Muani, weaned from the ball, did his best in a tough formation. Same thing for Axel Disasi, positioned as a right side while the Pavard option was possible for DD. A coach who tinkers and tries, while assuming his share of responsibility. “It will serve them. The objective was different, it was to spare certain players, others had minor injuries, Jules (Koundé) a yellow card… There is one who was supposed to play and who had a problem, I had to change in the early afternoon (Marcus Thuram). I am well aware that there were fewer benchmarks and that this is detrimental to collective expression”.
Deschamps assumes his choices
He added : “I know I’m not putting them in the best mood by making so many changes, but we could have done better despite everything. It’s not a question of system, it’s the duels, the technical gestures. When you wait a second to pass the ball, it comes quickly… Afterwards, I’m not going to condemn anyone, quite the contrary”. But some lost points or even shot themselves in the foot yesterday. The weakness of the bis team is also cause for concern for the rest of the tournament. But not everything is to be thrown away according to DD.
“Nevertheless, for all those who were there, it allows them to touch the finger of the requirement of the very high level against a boosted Tunisian team. We were shy, late in the duels, we made technical errors, even if we managed to have many chances and situations with the entry of players. We even equalized at the end of the match… We can’t achieve all the objectives. The first was to be first. We have not neglected this match but it will serve us for in four days. Facing Poland, Deschamps should call on his incumbents to go higher.