On the eve of the announcement of the list for the two matches of the League of Nations against Austria (September 22) and Denmark (September 25), Didier Deschamps has enough cause for a headache.
There are absentees in all lines. In defense, Presnel Kimpembe, Ibrahima Konaté and Lucas Hernandez (affected on Tuesday after scoring against Barça) are missing. The state of Benjamin Pavard is quite promising. In this context, the coach will rely on the elements already present in the previous meeting.
In the axis, the presence of the world champion, Raphaël Varane, is expected. Jules Koundé and William Saliba should also be part of the group. The benefits of the former Marseille did not escape the staff.
Disasi was appreciated by Deschamps
If the coach keeps the same structure at least one other axial can be called. Among the most plausible candidates, there is Axel Disasi. The one who has always worn the captain’s armband with AS Monaco was appreciated by Didier Deschamps who considered calling him for the first time. His recent performances against PSG and Lyon plead in his favour. His mastery of the three-way system is a plus. “He became more reliable by removing some of the mistakes he could have made due to lack of attention”, breathes a close staff member. Thursday’s first summons will reward its ascension to power for several months.
Wesley Fofana was shortlisted
Another rising youth: Wesley Fofana. He was also selected for this rally. He is seen by many observers as one of the best players of his generation. His shin injury caused him to miss time for selection. However, after signing for Chelsea (82 million euros), he will play more games at the top level. Enough to call tomorrow?
Finally, Clément Lenglet or Dayot Upamecano (who is better) could return. They have the advantage of having experience, Blues experience. On the left Théo Hernandez and Lucas Digne were approached. On the right, there is a reflection between Nordi Mukiele and Jonathan Clauss. Currently, the OM piston has a small head start.
In midfield, Tchouameni will be a key element, especially after his excellent start to the season at his new club, Real Madrid. Is he with his partner Camavinga? This is a possibility, unless the Monegasque Youssouf Fofana takes advantage of the absences to find a place. He has been observed recently, especially against PSG, and his performance has won over the Blues staff. Especially since Rabiot, a victim of muscle pain, did not play in Serie A last week and was not in the Juventus group for the LDC match against Benfica. Guendouzi and Kamara, who were present last June, have a good chance to appear on this list again.
As for the attacking sector, Griezmann will come to recharge his batteries in the Blues, he who did not benefit from a great playing time with Atletico due to a 40 million euro dispute between of the club and Barcelona, Mbappé should be with Diaby and Nkunku.
Benzema, who is suffering from a right leg injury, remains uncertain. The blue staff want to trust him but his coach at Real, Carlo Ancelotti, is clear: “If he can play in the derby against Atletico on Sunday, he will be in the France team!”
A Dembele return?
Thinking back with Coman’s package: that of Ousmane Dembele at Barcelona. As for Wissam Ben Yedder, in the difficulty of his club since the start of the season, he may pay the price. Which may allow an opening for another return, that of Marcus Thuram, who performed in M’Gladbach: 7 TCC matches and 6 goals since the start of the season. The only downside is, he didn’t play in the European Cup this season. Finally, the eternal question: what about Giroud? Only Deschamps has the answer
The staff also considered the composition of the list. A priori 23 players will be called. In any case nothing has been recorded and Wednesday night’s matches could still change the situation. Didier Deschamps and his assistants will watch the Champions League matches together before considering the final version of the list.