France team – EdF: Without Benzema and Varane, the probable line-up against Australia

Didier Deschamps remained discreet about the team that would start against Australia. And for good reason, injuries have complicated his thinking. However, four days before the first match of the French team, the system and the holders finally seem to be known.

Didier Deschamps likes to have a clearly defined starting XI before a competition. And, the least we can say is that he has not finished having headaches this year. L’French team is experiencing an avalanche of injuries, with executives forfeited and others uncertain. The most alarming cases among the 26 called up remain Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane. Affected by muscular problems, the two men do their training separately. The doubt about their participation against Australia on November 22 is stronger than ever.

A 4-2-3-1 with an unprecedented hinge and Dembélé

In addition to this problem, Didier Deschamps must recompose his tactical system after having abandoned the three-man defense. How to develop Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and the top striker? Who to put in the center hinge? Questions that find their answers over the training sessions at the Jassim bin Hamad Stadium. The team composition for the entry against Australia is becoming clearer.

According to several journalists including Fabrice Hawkins of RMC Sport, the Blues should play the Socceroos in 4-2-3-1. The defensive captains Lloris, Pavard and Lucas Hernandez would be accompanied by an unprecedented Upamecano-Konaté hinge. The two defenders are however expected to be in direct confrontation to play alongside Varane. In front of the Rabiot-Tchouaméni midfielder, Deschamps would start Griezmann in 10 behind Giroud. On the sides, the presence of Mbappé was expected but that of Dembélé much less. The Barcelonan, who has not been in blue since March 2021, would steal Coman’s place. A logical overall composition in a system well known to the coach. This is how the Blues won their world title in 2018.

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