Denmark provide France coach Didier Deschamps with puzzle to solve

France began the World Cup with a bang in opposition to Australia however Denmark will provide a a lot harder problem and may lead coach Didier Deschamps to make key tactical modifications on Saturday.

The defending champions will safe qualification for the knockout stage with a sport to spare in Group D in the event that they win in opposition to a aspect who beat and outplayed them twice just lately. Denmark beat France 2-1 away in June and 2-0 at dwelling in September within the Nations League.

“In June that they had a couple of completely different gamers and there shall be a couple of new (ones) tomorrow as a result of the group will not be precisely the identical because it was in June or in September however we’ve assessed these gamers and we, in fact, study from these experiences previously however Denmark will study from them too,” France captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris instructed a information convention on Friday.

“They will change their system from one match to the opposite and that may give us several types of difficulties.”

Whereas coach Didier Deschamps will follow a four-man defence, he could possibly be tempted to make a couple of changes as Denmark have little in frequent with Australia, who Les Bleus beat 4-1 on Tuesday.

Fullback Benjamin Pavard was usually outpaced on the proper aspect of the defence, which may lead Deschamps to the acute choice of bringing in central defender Jules Kounde.

With France’s proper flank being their predominant weak spot, Adrien Rabiot might swap to the proper aspect of midfield with Aurelien Tchouameni enjoying because the quantity six and Antoine Griezmann shifting barely deeper behind the offensive trio. Up entrance, Olivier Giroud, Kylian Mbappe and Ousmane Dembele ought to retain their spots, however extra shall be requested of them by way of defensive work.


Barcelona’s Dembele, notably, might want to strike a beter stability between offence and defence.

“He has improved loads on this side as a result of he has larger calls for at membership stage,” stated Deschamps. “I’ve mentioned it with him: it’s extra about positioning to make fewer efforts. The truth is, in opposition to Australia there have been a few conditions the place he was a bit off, I instructed him, and he corrected it.”

Deschamps conceded some changes could possibly be wanted.

“I can do something. On the in-depth evaluation of our first sport, along with the purpose conceded, there are three conditions the place we should do higher,” he instructed a information convention.

“So there are 4 conditions to appropriate. It requires changes, by the positioning of sure gamers or the alternative of 1.”

Deschamps nonetheless has loads considering to do earlier than he proclaims his lineup to the gamers a couple of hours earlier than the match.

“The perfect is to be harmful, to create possibilities, to attain targets and to not concede any,” he stated. “Perfection doesn’t exist, however we attempt to get nearer to it. This requires discussions with the gamers and complementarities between them. It’s logical to have issues to enhance.”

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