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How were the Blues able to transcend themselves so much in Lyon, after a week of total boredom?


At Parc OL,

The world champion is back as if by magic? While the Blues gradually sank into doubt, and disenchantment with their public, after the quack at the Euro and the series of five games without a win (or game), the spectacular reaction, Tuesday against Finland (2-0) at Parc OL is surprising. “This match is closer to the standard which must be ours”, summarizes Didier Deschamps. Difficult to prove him wrong as there is a gulf between the productions against Bosnia (1-1) and Ukraine (1-1) last week, and this success at Décines.

Double scorer in this game with the appearance of reconquest, Antoine Griezmann tried an explanation on TF1: “Maybe we weren’t in it last week”. Rest assured, at 20 Minutes, we will not be satisfied with this fine tactical expertise of “Grizou”. Here are three major changes noted on Tuesday, one month before the semi-final of the League of Nations between the Blues and Belgium.

A Griezmann found, thanks to the system and Benzema?

Forget the dying player during his two seasons at Barça, here is the return of the brilliant warrior of Atlético? Even if he found a stadium synonymous with two major doubles in his career (the round of 16 of Euro 2016 against Ireland and the final of the Europa League 2018 against OM), we could not imagine case not Antoine Griezmann shine with a thousand lights, Tuesday at Parc OL. After this success against Finland (2-0) built on two slaloms concluded with surgical strikes, “Grizou” nevertheless amazed everyone. He climbs at the same time on the podium of the best scorers in the history of the Blues, tied with Michel Platini (41 goals scored). “It is an immense pride”, entrusted the person concerned, symbolically placed (finally) in a real role of number 10 at the “Platoche” for this meeting.

Like this first goal of a sumptuous “exter” celebrated by screaming his rage, Antoine Griezmann seemed to free himself from a weight. “Since 2014, I’m here, the” Toitoine “is enjoying the selection, whether offensively or defensively,” he even said, with a touch of madness so 2018. Should we necessarily see a link between his sudden connection with Karim Benzema and the surprising establishment of 3-4-1-2 by Didier Deschamps, with “Grizou” in support of Anthony Martial (Kylian Mbappé being injured) and Real striker?

“Obviously his preferential position is in the axis, concedes DD, three days after swinging it to one side for the match in Ukraine started in 4-3-3, with the success we know. I’m not going to say that his relationship with Karim was not good in the first two games, but it could be better. Today, it was excellent because they are two players who speak the same football. “While taking tweezers not to offend his coach, the number 7 tricolor has his opinion on the question:” Maybe we have found a system that suits us better “… Two months after the fiasco against Switzerland in the Euro, the 3-4-1-2 has resumed its splendor at Parc OL.

Didier Deschamps may have found the right formula, against Finland (2-0), to make the most of the now obvious technical relationship between Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema. FRANCK FIFE – AFP

Sometimes unrecognizable game intentions in the DD era

The 57,057 Lyon spectators present on Tuesday will perhaps never forget that they saw Kurt Zouma attempt a passing of the legs, before serving Léo Dubois, author of a successful dribble in double contact in the Finnish full surface, at the end of an action initiated by Paul Pogba smelling street football (58th). Yolo time with DD, really? “Tonight, there was movement,” said Karim Benzema, satisfied to finally be able to show with the Blues the ultra-complete striker he has become at Real Madrid.

For their first cap with the A selection, the very offensive side-pistons Theo Hernandez and Nordi Mukiele (who came into play in place of Léo Dubois in the 65th) sometimes gave Didier Deschamps and his sacrosanct a few sweats at the end of the match. holy “balance”. Is the latter ready to ignite to the point of no longer putting central defenders on the sides?

The Milanese Theo Hernandez brought all his attacking bite from his first selection for the France team.  FRANCK FIFE
The Milanese Theo Hernandez brought all his attacking bite from his first selection for the France team. FRANCK FIFE – AFP

Finally players put in their favorite position

When he mentions the full match of Theo Hernandez, AC Milan side and younger brother of Lucas, DD seems to swing a banality: “I make sure, as always, to put the players in the best possible conditions”. Except that like the last Euro, this logical assumption is no longer the norm at all. Against Portugal, the right flank was shared by central defender Jules Koundé and central midfielder Corentin Tolisso.

For this famous round of 16 against Switzerland, the pistons of 3-4-1-2 were at the start another central midfielder, Adrien Rabiot, and central defender Benjamin Pavard. The examples of inconsistencies of composition have multiplied again last week, between the torchbearer Jordan Veretout, positioned as number 6 for his first against Bosnia, and therefore Antoine Griezmann, exiled on one side in the wobbly 4-3-3 in Ukraine. It is not necessarily illogical to see that there is more fluidity and control when the 11 players lined up are fully aware of their position, is it?



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