Trust the trio. According to our information, the Blues' attack will be repeated against Portugal this Wednesday in Budapest. The staff of the France team has decided and believes that the best solution is to maintain his confidence in the trio Griezmann-Benzema-Mbappé. With two goals in two games, including only one by this dream attack (Griezmann on the difference from Mbappé), the three men know they can do better. They want to show change against the reigning European champion at Puskas Arena. Mbappé and Benzema, surrounded by Paul Pogba and Presnel Kimpembe, analyzed at length their races, their movements and what they could improve during the scrub this Sunday in Budapest.
The renewal of the attack is also a strong choice of Didier Deschamps.
As the coach has repeated, he maintains his confidence in the former Lyonnais, just like the group as a whole.
Internally, there is no sign that the Blues are cracking after the Real Madrid star's first two scoreless games.
Removing him from the starting lineup would have been interpreted by followers and other observers as a disavowal for Benzema, barely back with the Blues.
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If he did not succeed everything, and even missed a big opportunity against the Hungarians, the number 9 offers a quality of trips and stalls at the same time as he defends, a table which greatly relieves the team.
To surround him, the Blues will keep their animation with Kylian Mbappé, the sharpest for the moment, and Antoine Griezmann, who admits to still seek his best place in the offensive sector.
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And Tolisso instead of Rabiot?
If Deschamps keeps his strong men in front, he should touch up the defensive block.
While Lucas Hernandez must, as announced yesterday on our site, find his place of holder in place of Lucas Digne, it is another side who should breathe.
Very physically tested after two very combative performances, marked by shocks, one of which was very violent against Germany (then a big buffer against the Hungarians), Benjamin Pavard does not necessarily have the ability to chain three matches from very high level in eight days, from Tuesday to Wednesday of the following week.
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Jules Koundé, chosen by the staff of the France team for his versatility (axis and side), seems on pole to replace him for the time of this third meeting.
On a first round of the final phase, Didier Deschamps often got into the habit of giving one in three matches to the side liners.
Hernandez blew against Hungary, so Pavard's turn.
A third change is being studied in the starting team, but it has not been taken into account.
This time it would concern the midfielder.
Corentin Tolisso has the stature and dimension to replace Adrien Rabiot.
Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté, they constitute the defensive matrix of the Blues, the hub in the transition between defensive and offensive play.
They should therefore start the match.
The probable team:
Lloris - Koundé, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez - Kanté, Pogba, Tolisso (or Rabiot) - Griezmann, Mbappé, Benzema.