Deschamps’ expected lineup to face the Red Devils

On Monday evening at 6pm, the Red Devils will face France in Düsseldorf for a place in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. The Bleus are naturally considered favourites, but they have not yet made a great impression in this tournament. This is why national coach Didier Deschamps has decided to change tactics.

The Red Devils and the Bleus have met many times in recent history. The last confrontation was in the Final Four of the 2021 Nations League. The Belgians then took a two-goal lead, but then went down 3-2.

Three years earlier, the two neighbours also met in the semi-final of the 2018 World Cup. Again, the French won thanks to a corner goal from Samuel Umtiti. The future world champions were not clearly better on the pitch, but they won the match.

Impressive attacking arsenal

The Bleus still play this style of football under Deschamps. In the group stage of the European Championship, France again appeared to be “very” cautious. In three matches, the French have only scored twice: an own goal and a penalty.

In France, criticism of Deschamps and his teammates has therefore multiplied. The coach has an impressive attacking arsenal, but he does not use it enough. That should change against Belgium.

New playing field

The newspaper L’Equipe, for example, announced at the beginning of the week that Deschamps would be using a different formation. He would thus swap his well-known 4-3-3 for a 4-4-2 variant with a diamond in midfield. Kylian Mbappé will thus be given a more central role alongside Marcus Thuram, while Antoine Griezmann will occupy a more attacking role just behind this duo. Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot and N’Golo Kanté will form the control triangle in midfield. This formation was already practiced at Sunday morning’s training session, so it seems that this is how the French will start.

Probable team

Maignan – Koundé, Upamecano, Saliba, T. Hernandez – Kanté, Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Griezmann – M. Thuram,

Written by Jose Machino

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