France visit this Sunday to Kazakhstan, the 122nd world ranking team, in a qualifying match for the World Cup 2022 marked by the cold, the absence of public in the stands and the synthetic grass. The ‘bleus’ can only win after their inaugural draw at home against Ukraine (1-1).
4,700 kilometers from Paris, Didier Deschamps’ men cannot fail. The French coach hinted that he will give rest to some of his stars such as Mbappé or Griezmann, while Kanté is out due to injury. “Inevitably there will be a significant rotation, otherwise, I endanger the players, I take risks, regardless of whether some may be a bit resistant to this surface (artificial grass) for different reasons,” he explained. Deschamps at a press conference.
The French coach cut that “I have many high-level players capable of playing in different positions. Not everything is putting offensive players, there are different solutions and different systems too, choosing the one that best suits the opponent to put him in more difficulties.
The rotations would open the doors of ownership to the mattress maker Thomas lemar and to the azulgrana Ousmane Dembélé, who wore the ‘bleu’ jersey on Wednesday for the first time since November 2018. The world champion needs a victory to return to normal and her captain, the goalkeeper Hugo lloris, he pointed out at a press conference that “We cannot afford to lose any more points (after the draw against Ukraine on Wednesday, 1-1). The other nations don’t have much to lose. For Kazakhstan it is a fantastic challenge playing against us and makes it difficult for us. It is up to us to be mentally prepared, ready to put in all the effort and to achieve the desired result ”.
Kazakhstan: Pokatilov; Marochkin, Alip, Maliy; Bystrov, Beysebekov, Abiken, Tagybergen, Vorogovskiy; Aimbetov and Fedin
France: Lloris; Dubois, Varane, Zouma, Digne; Rabiot, Pogba; Koman, Lemar, Dembélé; and Martial
Referee: Aleksei Kulbakov (Belarus)
Stadium: Astana Arena
Time / TV: 15.00 h. (UEFA.tv)