Stakes, state of form, team compositions… What you need to know before the final meeting of the world champions this Tuesday against Sweden in the Nations League.
Where to follow France-Sweden and what will be the context of the meeting?
Appointment is given this Tuesday evening (8:45 p.m., M6) at the Stade de France for the last match of a singular year for Didier Deschamps’ men. Context Covid-19 requires. For this last outing in 2020 and in the Nations League, the Blues did the job with their victory in Portugal on Saturday (0-1), a success that offers them a place for the last four of the competition (6-10 October 2021 ). Against the Scandinavians, there will be no sporting stake for the world champions, except to confirm the beautiful copy of Lisbon and leave the selection for a few months with the feeling of duty accomplished. Opposite, the 19e world selection will want to avoid a defeat, which would be synonymous with relegation to League B of the League of Nations. Nothing to ignite.
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What are the real challenges of the meeting?
Sportingly, none. If it is not to gain and maintain this taste for the requirement and the intransigence dear to “DD”. In a delicate period for the players and their organizations facing an XXL calendar, Didier Deschamps should rethink a little his starting eleven glimpsed against the European champions on Saturday in Lisbon. A name is on everyone’s lips: Olivier Giroud. Disappointing against Finland, pushed back on the bench against Portugal in place of Anthony Martial, the second top scorer in the history of the Blues, if he has a chance, will want to mark his last meeting of the Blues before next March. And prove that he must be reckoned with more than ever despite the competition in selection. For the rest, Clément Lenglet in central defense or Lucas Digne on the left could be revived again. We could also see Marcus Thuram, son of Lilian, for his third selection. And his first goal?
Will Kylian Mbappé be present on the Stade de France lawn?
Sensitive subject since his summons to the France team by Didier Deschamps, the PSG striker has been protected by the medical staff of the Blues since the start of the
gathering. Proof of this is his absences against Finland and Portugal. Hit in the thigh with Paris against Nantes in early November, the 21-year-old world champion should play Tuesday night against the Swedes, or even start near Saint-Denis. His presence and his state of form will be scrutinized by the Parisian leaders, who would have preferred to keep him warm for 15 days in view of the next deadlines and in particular the decisive meeting against Leipzig in a week in the Champions League. But the selection remains the showcase, whatever Thomas Tuchel and Leonardo think.
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Why does Ibrahimovic no longer play for Sweden?
The sea serpent. Which no longer makes many people laugh in the country. He hasn’t played for Sweden since Euro-2016, but his shadow still hangs over him. Zlatan Ibrahimovic recently revived fruitless speculation about his return to a national team without a real headliner, at the dawn of Tuesday’s game against France in the League of Nations. “It’s been four and a half years since he told me very clearly that he had finished his career in the national team,” swept coach Janne Andersson in early November, in reaction to a
umpteenth return rumor launched by the 39-year-old star. If the giant shadow of the Swede (1.95 m) continues to prowl around the “Blågult” (yellow and blue), in the midst of aging executives without genius, the young generation is ripe with talents carrying hope. These hopes are mostly found chained to the left foot of Juventus midfielder Dejan Kulusevski, 20, whose rise to Serie A was as dazzling as his tumbles, ball to the foot.
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What results in 2020 and what program in the coming months for the Blues?
With the Covid-19, the France team has inevitably, like everyone else, seen its season extremely truncated. Back on the pitch in September, after a break since … November 2019, the Blues of Deschamps have achieved the essential: to qualify for the Final Four of the Nations League. We must not forget the Finnish quack, a real reminder and which did not benefit the usual “hairdressers” to upset the hierarchy. Before the Swedish meeting, the results are satisfactory (5 wins, 1 draw, 1 defeat) in terms of accounting and objectives, but also at the level of group dynamics. Executives at the rendezvous in Portugal and a youngster, Eduardo Camavinga, who marked the spirits last October. The next meetings with the selections are scheduled for next March and the start of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Before that, Didier Deschamps and his staff will be attentive to the draw for these qualifiers, scheduled for December 7.