thanks to the Mbappé-Giroud duo, the Blues came out with little difficulty

While French football invaded the news section in recent days, the Blues have a good idea to win a football match this Thursday in Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) against Austria (2-0 ) during the 5e Nations League Day. Yes, UEFA’s latest creation still smells a bit new, but the winner still managed to find its charm. This is what happened in October with a team from France, victorious in Turin, but out of the race to succeed itself since its bad series in June (two draws, two losses).

“There is nothing better than victory”, released a short and somewhat relieved Didier Deschamps. It is not enough to raise flags in windows or to blow horns on the Champs-Elysée. In the coach’s mind, this fall session against Austria and then Denmark on Sunday in Copenhagen is the last dress rehearsal before flying to Qatar and the World Cup in two months.

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But any director will tell you, it is not easy to rehearse a play with twelve actors without, including many headliners (Karim Benzema, Hugo Lloris, Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kanté , Presnel Kimpembe or even the Hernandez brothers). Fortunately, Kylian Mbappé did not have a word from the doctor to forgive. If he is not busy changing the legal contours of the rights of the image to choose and organize the partners of the French Football Federation those who are compatible or not with his values ​​and his image, the Parisian also knows how to change the course of a game.

In his own way and suddenly, à la 56e minutes. A pass from Olivier Giroud, an acceleration between four Austrians turned into stakes, like their beloved Schladming slalom, and an irresistible strike (1-0) to finish the job. Happiness and comfort. Before this flash, the Blues looked like a team that wasn’t one. Logically, if half of your holders are missing and you have to hold the hands of the two newcomers, the Monegasques Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana, are quite comfortable elsewhere.

“Almost impossible to defend” against Mbappé

Again wearing the 3-5-2 of their coach, the French alternated between good goals, inaccuracies and wasted chances against the Austrians who did not decide to put their noses away from their half in the field. The world champions also continue to abuse their injury package. Of the twelve initials before the match, defender Jules Koundé (hamstrings) and goalkeeper Mike Maignan (calf) were added in the first half, but they were technically out of work.

Moving on, the Austrians were so good that they finally discovered each other with a thread and offered places to a French team, which was more convenient on a four-lane highway. After all, we don’t wear make up. Especially with an asset like Kylian Mbappé up his sleeve. We need to listen and translate from German the words of Ralf Rangnick. ” If Mbappé had played with us tonight, the game might not have been the same. But unfortunately, we don’t have Kylian Mbappé. »

The Austrian coach not only pushed an open door in the auditorium of the Stade de France, he interpreted the impotence and anxiety of the opponents (” on a good day, it’s almost impossible to defend him,” even Austrian captain David Alaba confessed) against the threat posed by the Paris-Saint-Germain striker.

If we associate him with a possible future Ballon d’Or (Karim Benzema), we have some arguments to debate and even resist those who deny the time, convinced of a rapid and inevitable fall in the blue house of Qatar. One win doesn’t erase everything, but it helps to see the glass filled again.

In fact, it ends a streak of four games without a win, slightly removing the excitement of a possible relegation to the League B of Nations (which will be confirmed against Denmark on Sunday) which is basically just one sporting adventure today. context (Pogba affair, ministerial audit of the federation). Didier Deschamps admitted it last week, he has “known for its more peaceful climate”.

Giroud is two goals away from Henry’s record

This Thursday, the coach only talks about football, which he is “favorite”. Except perhaps to mention the case of Olivier Giroud. During the week, the 35-year-old striker swore in an interview with M6 that he was ready to polish the bench in Qatari stadiums, ventilation and happy to serve in France as a simple substitute. But when he started, before Benzema now, the AC Milan player scored. To Giroud. Keeping the head of everyone with the power and determination of a center of Antoine Griezmann (65e) to come within two units of Thierry Henry’s France team goal record (49).

What is the relaunch of the debate on its presence in the list for the World Cup. On this subject, the sole decision maker decided not to say much. “He has to keep performing. But don’t take my word for itDeschamps warned. Did I say he was there or not? No. But he does everything for it. » And if this is the case, Giroud has the opportunity to talk with Kylian Mbappé – with whom he showed a good bond in the game but also in the celebration of their goal this Thursday – the question of the convention that governs the right of the collective . Blues image.

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As always, Bondynoi did not parade himself to explain himself to reporters on this subject. “Not me, the whole team wants that. Me, I don’t mind putting myself in the spotlight, even if it means being criticized if it’s beneficial for my teammates.”, he assured. A controlled and studied exit in relation to realpolitik in the locker room. On Wednesday, Mbappé received strong support, that of Raphaël Varane. This is a “simple, logical and legitimate request”, the vice-captain supported him in a press conference. At the age of 23, Kylian Mbappé can easily go to the field of taking on external responsibilities, both in PSG and in the French team. Dizzy.

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