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If Didier Deschamps was annoyed on Monday night in Athens, in particular because of an unprecedented pre-match, he did not lie about his intention to rotate his squad in the wide widths. If he did not make a set-up on Monday night on the pitch of the OPAP Arena, the coach is expected to make at least seven changes in the team that will face Greece for the last match of 2023.
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I have eight (seven actually) players playing on Friday night ", he admits in reference to PSG-Monaco (L. Hernandez, Kolo Muani, Mbappé, Dembélé, Fofana) and Cologne-Bayern Munich (Upamecano, Coman) for the return of Ligue 1 and the Bundesliga. Suffice to say that after the injury of Warren Zaïre-Emery, out until the beginning of 2024, no risks will be taken.
Samba will take Maignan's place in goal. In defence, everything could change with a four-man line of Kounde, Disasi, Saliba and Lucas Hernandez. In midfield, Rabiot and Griezmann are expected to flank Kamara while up front, Mbappé would be flanked by Giroud and Dembélé. If Deschamps' choices are confirmed, it would be no less than eight changes made by the coach, eager to end the year with another victory in the Greek city. The final choices will be validated during the day by "DD" and his staff, after having taken the latest health information from his players.
Probable XI of Les Bleus
Samba – Koundé, Disasi, Saliba, L. Hernandez – Kamara, Rabiot – Dembélé, Giroud, Mbappé (cap)