With his full group to look forward to, Didier Deschamps set up in Doha on Monday night, the day before the Blues’ first match at the World Cup in Qatar. Before meeting Australia on Tuesday (20:00, TF 1) at Al Janoub Stadium, the coach once again forced his team to rehearse their ranges.
As in the previous 48 hours, Rafael Varane took part in the collective session. The defender, who did not play after an injury against Chelsea (0-0) on 22 October, is recovering from a hamstring injury. At a press conference on Monday at noon at the Media Center, Didier Deschamps assured that the Mancunian would be ready to return to competition on Tuesday. “Rafael is fine, he is fit and ready for the upcoming match,” said the coach. But it was in the team of alleged replacements that the Mancunian got into the last training session.
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Not being ready or sufficiently in rhythm, it was from the bench that the Vice-Captain could watch the Blues’ entry into action in front of the Aussies. To replace him on the right axle, Ibrahima Konate is holding the rope. At the end of the day, the Liverpool center was still associated with Dyot Upamecano. The two men know each other very well, having played together for four seasons in Leipzig (2017-2021). They should not have any defensive disadvantages despite their lack of international experience (7 rebounds for Upamecano (1 goal), 2 rebounds for Konate).
In midfield, we found Adrien Rabiot and Aurélien Chouameni with Antoine Griezmann on the same team, who were supposed to play the relay between the middle and the attack. Didier Deschamps can count on the reliability of an Atlético Madrid player to make his 68th consecutive appearance for the Blues, a record. And finally, the main winner should be Ousmane Dembele. In top form with Barcelona, the former Rennes is expected to attack against the Australians on the right flank, favoring Kingsley Coman. He did not wear a chasuble during the last confrontation, like Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappe. Three people should logically form the blue attack against Soccer.
Likely composition of the “Blues”
Lloris (captain) – Pavard, Konate, Upamecano, L. Hernandez – Rabiot, Chuameni – Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe – Giroud