France face Denmark for the second World Cup group stage in a row on Saturday afternoon.
4-and-a-half years in the past, the pair performed out a desperately pedestrian 0-0 draw which confirmed each nations would attain the knock-out stage. There are not any such certainties hanging over this second-round match, which (hopefully) will increase the prospects of a far livelier encounter.
This is the lineup Didier Deschamps could deploy in a bid to comply with up France’s opening recreation victory over Australia earlier this week.
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GK: Hugo Lloris – Whereas Germany’s soccer affiliation are threatening FIFA with authorized motion over their late choice relating to the banning of One Love armbands, Lloris rapidly accepted the choice, reasoning: “After we are in France, after we welcome foreigners, we regularly need them to comply with our guidelines, to respect our tradition, and I’ll do the identical after I go to Qatar, fairly merely.”
RB: Benjamin Pavard – The Bayern Munich defender admitted that France took Argentina’s shock defeat to Saudi Arabia as a warning of the potential pitfalls towards a lower-ranked nation. There must be little complacency towards a Danish aspect ranked tenth on this planet.
CB: Dayot Upamecano – The one blemish on Upamecano’s transient worldwide profession (six wins from seven caps) was a defeat to Denmark in September.
CB: Ibrahima Konate – Throughout quite a few years shared at RB Leipzig, France’s under-21s and now on the most important stage of all, Konate has spent greater than 64 hours on the pitch alongside Upamecano.
LB: Theo Hernandez – In a bittersweet coincidence for the Hernandez household, the tournament-ending harm to Lucas has opened an area within the staff for his brother Theo.
CM: Aurelien Tchouameni – One among a number of multilingual members of the French squad, Tchouameni’s developed his understanding of English “to know the which means of the music I used to be listening to”.
CM: Adrien Rabiot – For the primary time in his worldwide profession, Rabiot scored and created a aim in the identical recreation towards Australia.
AM: Antoine Griezmann – The heavily-inked racing horse proprietor made an enlightening hyperlink between his two vices. “Horses are like tattoos: it is arduous to know when to cease,” he stated final yr.
RW: Ousmane Dembele – The Barcelona winger could also be sacrificed if Deschamps opts for a extra defensive method towards the Danes – doubtlessly shunting Rabiot out broad and bolstering his midfield. However it will be harsh to drop Dembele after a powerful opening-game show.
ST: Olivier Giroud – France’s joint-record goalscorer famously did not discover the online in 2018. But, Giroud did not even hit the goal when Les Bleus earned a second star on their shirt. The 36-year-old has already scored twice in Qatar.
LW: Kylian Mbappe – Tipped to win the Ballon d’Or by Caen scout David Lasry when he was simply 11 (Mbappe, that’s, Lasry was – and stays – an grownup), Mbappe completed sixth within the vote for this yr’s particular person award.