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Pavard downgraded to the Blues? Deschamps' candid response


The coach of the Blues explained his choice not to establish Benjamin Pavard against Tunisia (0-1) on Wednesday evening.

Clear words.

Which confirm a real downgrading.

Didier Deschamps "

made the decision not to play

" Benjamin Pavard, holder in the first match and substitute in the second, because the defender "

is not in a good mood

", said the coach after the 1-0 defeat against Tunisia at the end of the first round of the World Cup.

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The boss of the France team aligned central defender Axel Disasi as a right-back rather than reviving Pavard, whom he had replaced by Jules Koundé in the second match against Denmark (2-1) after having experienced a "

very complicated

" against Australia (4-1) at the start of the tournament.

In the hierarchy, Pavard finds himself behind Koundé and Disasi

I made the decision not to play him.

I had several exchanges with him, I consider that he is not in good conditions, in good dispositions

”, Deschamps justified himself in a press conference after the defeat against Tunisia.

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You will say to me: is it physical, is it the head?.

Obviously, the first match did not help him.

That's why I made a different choice

, ”continued the coach of the reigning world champions.

In Qatar, Deschamps took a group that didn't include upset right-backs.

He has indeed selected Koundé and Pavard who, in Barcelona and Bayern Munich respectively, play in the axis of the defense.

Source: lefigaro

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