According to information from RMC Sport, Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana will play their first match with the Blues against Austria on Thursday (8:45 p.m.) at the Stade de France. Olivier Giroud will also start in attack and the five-man defense is back.
There will be premieres to celebrate on Thursday evening at the Stade de France. Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana, called for the first time in the France team, will be lined up at the start of Thursday against Austria (8:45 p.m.), according to our information. In midfield, Didier Deschamps should therefore reform the former Monegasque pair Fofana-Tchouaméni, at work for two full seasons at ASM, which will facilitate Fofana’s debut.
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Behind, Benoît Badiashile will be associated with Jules Koundé and Raphaël Varane in a defense with three concerned. There remains a slight doubt about the identity of the one who will occupy the axis of this trio, between the Barcelonan and the Mancunian. Jonathan Clauss and Ferland Mendy will be used as pistons in a system that had been sidelined in the last three meetings, after the 2-1 defeat against Denmark in the first match of the June rally.
Giroud, Griezmann and Mbappé in attack
In attack, it is Olivier Giroud who will be scrutinized. The AC Milan striker will start as a starter for his return to the Blues. He had been left at home during the last rally but took advantage in particular of the absence of Karim Benzema to be in Deschamps’ list this time. He will be accompanied by Kylian Mbappé, while Antoine Griezmann should play behind the two forwards.
In the absence of the usual captain Hugo Lloris, who leaves the armband to Raphaël Varane, it is Mike Maignan who will occupy the French goals. The AC Milan goalkeeper will be able to continue after having already played three of the last five games of the Blues.
The probable composition of the Blues: Maignan – Varane, Koundé, Badiashile – Clauss, Fofana, Tchouaméni, Mendy – Griezmann, Mbappé, Giroud.