Maignan, Clauss, Giroud… Who is playing the biggest this week?

If the objective of the Blues is to avoid relegation to the League of Nations, and above all to reassure themselves after a disastrous month of June, the players selected this week by Didier Deschamps all have individuals involved two months before the Coupe du world .


In the absence of Hugo Lloris, Mike Maignan Should start against Austria and Denmark. For the goalkeeper of Milan, returned during his last selections, his objective is to assert himself as a n°1 in power for the post-Lloris. Can passion be made between now and the World Cup? Unlikely, because Didier Deschamps would have to sacrifice his captain, which would be a daring choice in a particularly unstable period for the Blues. To pay Alphonse Areole and Alban Lafont, it’s the place of n°3 at the World Cup that will be at stake, in training and especially in group life.

Defenders concerned

Raphael Varane only played 60 minutes in June before suffering an injury. The Manchester United player must regain his place as boss in the 3-man defense of the Blues. Another awaited captain, Jules Kounde is in competition with Benjamin Pavard for the role of holder on the right in the axis. The two players, whose versatility is appreciated, have their place assured at the World Cup, but Koundé has yet to deliver his reference match with the Blues. To pay Guillaume Saliba and Dayot Upamecano, holders with Arsenal and Bayern, they evolve in a very competitive sector. Taking into account the probable returns of Lucas Hernandez and Presnel Kimpembe, they could compete for the place of “sixth” defender in the list. Finally, the left-handed Benoit Badiashile can take advantage of absences to show off, and why not create a big surprise in two months.

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Without any real understudy on this gathering, Jonathan Clauss Should take advantage of Kingsley Coman’s absence to get some serious playing time. The Marseillais discovers the Champions League this season (it’s a good point for Deschamps), but still has to gain experience at international level, and confirm that he has what it takes. A left, Ferland Mendy is making a comeback and will start against Austria in the absence of Theo Hernandez. This is his place in the 23 he plays, where he competes with Lucas Digne. Called at the last minute, the Rennais Adrian Truffert comes especially to make the number, and to discover, while waiting for something better.


In a disaster area, where none of the players selected for the Euro in 2021 is present (Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot, Tolisso, Sissoko, Lemar), Aurelien Tchouameni looks like a new taulier. The four other players called up this week are also starting on the same line to earn their place for the World Cup. The new kid Youssouf Fofana, Should start alongside former team-mate Tchouaméni against Austria. Eduardo Camavinga returns, and must confirm his progress glimpsed with Real Madrid. Matteo Guendouzi begins to be a regular of the Blues, which counts in the eyes of Deschamps in the idea that the coach has of the construction of a list. last called, Jordan Veretout starts from a little further than his partner at OM.


Involved directly or indirectly in many controversies (Pogba, Hamraoui, Sand yachting, Image rights, etc.), Kylian Mbappe would really need a quiet week and returned to the field. Antoine Griezmann, he must confirm that his status as a forced substitute at Atlético has not affected his physical condition too much. To pay Olivier Giroudthe situation is more complex, car Deschamps still seems hesitant about him. The objective of the Milanese is to be exemplary in his behavior, if he plays… or especially if he does not play. He must prove that he can go to Qatar in a role of understudy of Karim Benzema. Christophe Nkunku is starting to settle in well this season and must continue to make its mark, whileOusmane Dembele returns to the selection thanks to his excellent start to the season with Barcelona. He has only to continue on his source. Finally, Randal Kolo Muani is the new kid on this list among attackers. Passed in front of Moussa Diaby and Wissam Ben Yedder on this rally, the former Nantes player must assert his assets (freshness, versatility, form of the moment), in training or if he comes into play, to make his way through the 23.

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