the dissatisfied within the defensive sector after the summons of Axel Disasi

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The coach of the France group, Didier Deschamps shocked a couple of by calling Axel Disasi to exchange Presnel Kimpembe, nonetheless injured within the Achilles tendon, in his record of 26 gamers summoned for the World Cup in Qatar ( November 20 – December 18). If the summoning of the defender of AS Monaco will not be essentially undeserved, it raises a query in regards to the hierarchical pyramid within the thoughts of Deschamps, since Disasi had by no means earlier than been known as as much as EdF in his younger profession.

Amongst these defenders who will subsequently stay on the dock throughout this World Cup, we will depend former regulars current specifically at Euro 2020, different younger folks wishing to register their identify within the long-term mission with the Blues but additionally facet who would have been in a position to make the French record somewhat richer and extra versatile on the defensive strains.

The alternatives of the newcomers: Mohamed Simakan, Pierre Kalulu and Benoît Badiashile

Whereas many believed that Didier Deschamps was not going to attempt to combine new gamers, with out choice or summons, in a contest as sophisticated and main because the World Cup, it’s clear that the selection to name Axel Disasi contradicts this impression. However on this floor, some defenders appeared to go away with a transparent benefit over the Monegasque, beginning with mohamed simakan (22 years previous). The RB Leipzig participant, nonetheless, enjoys actual assist inside the French group group and the FFF, in keeping with our data. Versatile and complementary, in a position to play proper again, central defender and even defensive midfielder, he shines this season within the Bundesliga, being probably the most decisive defenders in Europe with 2 objectives and 5 assists in all competitions. A profile that may have been very helpful within the rotation of Deschamps.

A state of affairs harking back to Pierre Kalulu (22 years previous). For two years, the previous Lyonnais has established himself as the most effective in his place in Italy, forming with the Briton Fikayo Tomori a stable defensive duo at AC Milan. Like Simakan, Kalulu is flexible, having already performed on the left and proper sides, earlier than exploding within the heart of the Rossoneri. He had additionally participated within the Tokyo Olympics, in the summertime of 2021, within the French delegation coached by Sylvain Ripoll.

Even when it means staying on the Rock, Disasi’s teammate in Monaco, Benoit Badiashile (21) was additionally on the record of suitors. Already known as up in September, over the past worldwide break earlier than the World Cup in September, he impressed everybody towards Austria (2-0). Aligned alongside Raphaël Varane and Jules Koundé (then William Saliba) within the 3-4-1-2, the defender had made a powerful impression by mastering the skilled Karim Onisiwo (30 years previous) and Marko Arnautovic (33 years previous). Strong on raises and resistant on duels, his presence additionally sounded apparent.

Common picks: Clément Lenglet and Kurt Zouma

A second possibility was additionally accessible to Didier Deschamps. To exchange the expertise of Kimpembe in Blue (28 picks, world champion in 2018, current at Euro 2020), the French group might have considered recalling a former common defender who already is aware of most executives who shall be current in Qatar. After a blended finish to final season, marked by the cat affair and his sentence of 180 hours of group service, Kurt Zouma (11 picks) discovered a good degree at West Ham, nonetheless a starter below David Moyes. If the Hammers are badly categorised with a worrying sixteenth place, they however stay the fifth finest protection in England and Zouma will not be harmless there.

Identical case for Clement Lenglet (15 picks), loaned this season by FC Barcelona to Tottenham. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old defender could have suffered from a relentless lack of use by his Italian coach, Antonio Conte, regardless of a number of begins within the huge leagues, within the league and within the Champions League. However, his presence within the group summoned to Euro 2020 performed in his favor however that didn’t appear sufficient to persuade Deschamps and his assistants.

The alternatives of the facet: Ferland Mendy, Jonathan Clauss and Lucas Digne

The final potential maneuver was to sacrifice the Presnel Kimpembe spot to strengthen the defensive corridors, an excellent concern for the French group. With the presence of a number of stable DCs (Varane, Koundé, Upamecano, Konaté), Deschamps might have known as on a brand new facet that he had beforehand determined to go away apart. To the left, Lucas Worthy (46 picks, 2014 World Cup, Euro 2016, Euro 2020) ticked, furthermore, the expertise field at 29 and would have embodied a backup answer within the occasion of a relapse for Lucas Hernandez. To the suitable, Jonathan Clauss (6 picks), essentially the most noticeable absentee from the record introduced within the TF1 8 p.m. newspaper final Wednesday, might certainly have been hung up on the wagon on the final minute. The perfect answer on this level would have been Ferland Mendy (9 picks, summoned in September). Virtually indeniable holder at Carlo Ancelotti’s Actual Madrid, he has an attacking and versatile profile that may not have damage the collective system of the Blues.

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