Didier Deschamps confirms Steve Mandanda as number 2 goalkeeper and will play in rotation against Tunisia

Didier Deschamps confirms Steve Mandanda as number 2 goalkeeper and will play in rotation against Tunisia

First selection qualified for the round of 16, France can confidently hope to finish first in group D with their two wins and a largely positive goal difference (+4). The idea is therefore to rotate against Tunisia on Wednesday.

Four years ago, in the same situation, Didier Deschamps had extensively modified his eleven against Denmark (0-0). The Blues also had an extra day to recover between matches (five against four in Qatar).

With Mandanda in the cages?

The coach had launched six new players against Peru (1-0), with Steve Mandanda for Hugo Lloris, Djibril Sidibé for Benjamin Pavard, Presnel Kimpembe for Samuel Umtiti, Steven Nzonzi for Paul Pogba, Thomas Lemar for Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé for Blaise Matuidi. Deschamps seems left out for such a rotation. ” Of course, confirmed on Saturday. Don’t ask me if there will be many (of changes), but I won’t risk it because we’re sure of something. »

Mandanda should be rewarded for his longevity in France by taking over from Lloris, who would then wait another match to match Lilian Thuram’s draft record (142). Deschamps confirmed to beIN Sports after the win against Denmark that the Rennes goalkeeper was the number two in charge.

Defensively, it is possible that the only change will concern Dayot Upamecano, the only player established in this sector in the first two meetings. Ibrahima Konaté, lined up against Australia (4-1 on Tuesday), arrives in priority to replace him on Raphaël Varane’s left. Absent from the first match and replaced on Saturday in the 75th minute, the vice-captain must continue. On the right, the coach should insist with Jules Koundé and Theo Hernandez, even if the Milanese is the last available specialist in the place.

Theo Hernandez in action against Australia in the first day (4-1). (A. Réau/The team)

The environment is expected to be the most affected sector. Youssouf Fofana and Mattéo Guendouzi have an advantage to replace Aurélien Tchouaméni and Adrien Rabiot, who have become permanent starters. Given that Antoine Griezmann was adamant for 69 games, “DD” could blow Dembélé by launching Kingsley Coman, but keep Mbappé, full of juice and personal ambition, like Olivier Giroud, released on Saturday in the 63rd minute. « I always want to chain, highlights the center forward. I showed with Milan that I can line up matches. »

Marcus Thuram will be able to return to the field with the five-change rule, a new element compared to 2018 to allow the coach to balance the playing times.

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