Deschamps prepares for the UEFA Nations League
France icon and current The Blues manager Didier deschamps preparations are underway for the final assault on the UEFA Nations League 2021.
A growing rivalry with Belgium is poised for its latest installment, as France collides with Roberto Martinez. The Red Devils at the Allianz Stadium in Turin on October 7.
If Deschamps’ men climb higher on the night, a date with one of the reigning European or Spanish champions, Italy, is the prize and if they win in the final, the result should see France overtake England in the FIFA Rankings to get back up to the top three.
The last time the French ran out of losers in normal time was in November 2020 in a surprising 2-0 loss to upstarts Finland in Saint-Denis, and they were on a 10-match unbeaten streak before losing to Switzerland. on penalties at Euro 2020..
Things have not been going well for the Blues after their early exit from a tournament in which most experts considered them favorites, playing back-to-back 1-1 draws against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine before taking revenge on the Finns in a 2-0 win to take a comfortable 7-point lead in Group D qualifying for the World Cup.
Surprise decisions in the France squad
It wouldn’t be France without some measure of controversy, and Deschamps is ready to continue that trend with some expected surprises when you name your squad for the final leg of the UEFA Nations League.
Olivier Giroud will once again be absent from the France squad for the next international break, which will be announced tomorrow. Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez return, Christopher Nkunku is lost. (L’Éq)
– Receive French football news (@GFFN) September 29, 2021
Olivier Giroud, a long-time loyal Deschamps servant, will miss the selection once again, while RB Leipzig midfielder Christopher Nkunku will also miss the selection according to L’Equipe via Get French Football.
But one of the surprises comes from the fact that on loan Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi was selected ahead of star Eduardo Camavinga despite his great impact at the Santiago Bernabeu since his arrival from Stade Rennais.
Kante (Covid) and Tolisso (injury) will be lost. Guendouzi hoped to overtake Camavinga for last place in midfield.
In defense, Lenglet will drop. Dubois, Kounde and Upamecano compete for a remaining spot.
– Jeremy Smith (@ jeremysmith98) September 29, 2021
Manchester United Anthony Martial, despite registering just 98 minutes of football this season and not scoring a single goal, will still find his way into Deschamps camp ahead of players like the aforementioned Nkunku and Nabil Fekir, who has started brilliantly for Real. Betis this season.