Thunderbolt for the Blues before Austria?

Thunderbolt for the Blues before Austria?
Thunderbolt for the Blues before Austria?

Three days before the French team’s entry into the Euro, uncertainty reigns as to the composition of the central hinge. Blame it on the rise to power of William Saliba.

D-3 before the start of the Euro for the Blues. On Monday, the France team has a meeting with Austria at the Merkur Spiel-Arena in Düsseldorf and several uncertainties reign over the composition of the starting team. If at the forefront, Didier Deschamps should trust Marcus Thuram to support Kylian Mbappé and Ousmane Dembélé, certain starters, the coach has hesitation in midfield.

In the absence of Aurélien Tchouameni, still in the recovery phase, N’Golo Kanté should occupy the sentry place and Antoine Griezmann will certainly start the meeting, whether on the right if Didier Deschamps returns to a 4-3- 3 or in a more central role if the double world champion persists with the 4-2-1-3 set up during the preparation matches. On the other hand, Youssouf Fofana and Adrien Rabiot are in the balance to occupy the left side, the Turinese having not been able to play a single minute of the two preparation matches.

William Saliba impresses

But according to RMC, a doubt exists in defense. Jules Koundé and Théo Hernandez should occupy the corridors, despite the slight discomfort felt in the knee by the Milanese, but in central defense, the duo Dayot Upamecano-Ibrahima Konaté is not certain to start the Euro. The two men appeared as the two starters since the 2022 World Cup where they were able to respond in the absence of Presnel Kimpembe and Raphaël Varane, but William Saliba could shake up the established order.

Considered one of the best central defenders in the Premier League, the former Stéphanois has until recently struggled to show his advantage with the Blues. “He’s having a good season. I see him alternating between things that I like a little less too, but he is there and he is called regularly,” Didier Deschamps confided about him last March. But his performances in training and during the two preparation matches left an impression on the Blues staff and the Gunner should have his chance in the first round. From the match against Austria?

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