Didier Deschamps at the time of choice

Didier Deschamps, Saturday 17 November, in Clairefontaine.
Didier Deschamps, Saturday 17 November, in Clairefontaine. FRANCK FIFE / AFP

Chief buried in his parka, Didier Deschamps was my sad Friday, November 16, leaving the Feyenoord Stadium lawn in Rotterdam. Obviously irritated by the defeat (2-0) against the Netherlands, the first granted since March, the Blues coach seemed even more depressed by the performance of his players than the possible injury suffered in the qualifying competition for the "finals four", the semifinals of the League of Nations, scheduled for June 2019.

Because if the head of the French team will pray that Germany beats on Monday, the Netherlands, and sends its protégés to the last place in the tournament, he is aware of being at a turning point, four a month after the world title in Russia. Evoking the decompression After the World Cup to explain this misstep, Deschamps admitted, without saying, that the state of grace had ended well.

In September, the Bayonne had chosen to "celebrate" the group that had climbed to the top of the world in Moscow. The time was therefore for homage and communion. Without the spectacular parades of goalkeeper Alphonse Areola, the Blues would not return from Monaco with a draw (0-0) snatched from a convalescent Nationalmannschaft. And the victory obtained (2-1) on the line against the Netherlands, at the Stade de France, did not hide the fragility of the moment.

In October, if the coach opened his group more, the draw (2-2) granted in a friendly against Iceland and the success (2-1) against Germany also witnessed the usual floats del Blues, in this interim period between two final phases of the main international competitions. Difficult to return to the track, with specific objectives, in the context of this new League of Nations, against the backdrop of the qualification for Euro 2020.

An ultra-effective and ineffective strategy

A month later, the debacle of Rotterdam puts Deschamps in front of his responsibilities: the ultra-defensive strategy and the block logic, which have been so successful for the Blues in Russia, have proved ineffective against well organized and inventive "Oranje" offensive. " I think the match against Germany will be more difficult than the one against France for us, because France is a waiting team, while Germany is a team that attacks, we have to be ready for that "Said Ronald Koeman, the Dutch coach, Sunday, Implacable Report.

At the Feyenoord stadium, the tricolores also knew how to feed their attackers (Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud), masters of the past in counter-lightning art. The lack of structural elements (Paul Pogba, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez in particular) and warships (Anthony Martial, Alexandre Lacazette, Corentin Tolisso, Benjamin Mendy) certainly did not organize the coach's business.

But, beyond the casting, it is the identity of the game, a very abstract concept for a Deschamps inclined to adapt to the profile of the adversary, and the new horizon to be traced that today poses the demand in this post-season. World Cup. And even if players prefer to evoke a road exit " accidental After the defeat in the Netherlands.

" We completely missed each other, recognized the prodigy Kylian Mbappé, Sunday, Clairefontaine, the headquarters of the Blues. We have not been able to respond collectively or individually in the Netherlands. In addition to Hugo (Lloris)no player stands out, and we can say that the show was worrying. There was nothing to learn from this game. "

Competition to be revived

Eager to rely on his eleven "Russian", Deschamps will now have to revive the competition to move lines and create emulation. In the Netherlands, his choices were not very happy as substitutes for Ousmane Dembélé, Tanguy Ndombélé and Moussa Sissoko, unhappy heroes of Euro 2016 and returning to the selection, they do not shine. As for the "transatlantic" Presums Kimpembe and Steven Nzonzi, they missed the event, dominated by the fast strikers Batavi.

In this context, the coach could choose to deprive himself of some prominent holders (Benjamin Pavard, Olivier Giroud to name a few) and to shuffle the cards against Uruguay, in a friendly match on Tuesday at the Stade de France. For this latest outing of the year, the coach has the opportunity to relaunch defender Mamadou Sakho, who did not wear the blue jersey from the 2015-2016 season, and gave time to play left-back Lucas Digne , applied to Rotterdam, and forward Nabil Fekir and Florian Thauvin.

When La Celeste arrives in Saint-Denis, Deschamps could also be tempted to offer a first selection to Lyon defender Ferland Mendy and striker Alassane Plea, who made a good start to the season with Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the longer term, the riders of Clément Lenglet and Aymeric Laporte could also aspire to integrate the Italian car. Often conservative taxed, will Deschamps open the door and reconfigure his group? The copy produced by Blues against Uruguay on Tuesday will provide some elements for the future.

Rémi Dupré

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