It’s the big day, ladies and gentlemen! A week after their arrival on Qatari soil, the Blues finally enter the arena against Australia. A match that you can of course follow live on 20 minutesbut we will also give you an appointment on instagram for a live preview from Al Janoub Stadium in Doha. In the meantime, let’s take a look at the news of the Blues of the last 24 hours.
The Blues without “apprehension”
Like every match eve, it was coach Didier Deschamps and captain Hugo Lloris who showed up in the (crowded) conference room of the huge press center in the capital of Qatar. On the menu, a lot of blabla without much interest, as is the tradition in this kind of exercise 24 hours from a match. On the side of Lloris, there was a lot of talk about “taking the matches one after the other”. What a punk, this Hugo! On the side of DD, it is announced that there is “no apprehension” in the group despite the departure of Benzema and that the ambitions have not changed.
The DD Comedy Club
Ha, yes, Deschamps still brought out the little joke he makes us in each competition when the Blues face more modest teams. “I see that you know Australia well since you didn’t ask me a question about them,” he teased. At the same time, each time we spoke to the players about it the previous days, they explained to us that the coach had not yet started working on them.
No armband for Lloris (nor for the others)
Once again questioned about the “One Love” armband, Hugo Lloris repeated that he preferred “to stay in [son] framework, that of player and competitor” even if “actually there are different causes which are laudable and which must be supported. Finally, no nation having put forward the idea of wearing the armband will do so for fear of sanction from this courageous and worthy FIFA. During this time, a journalist was asked to change his T-shirt at the entrance to the Ahmed-Ben Ali stadium for USA-Wales, this one being in rainbow colors. Welcome to Qatar!
An Upamecano-Konaté hinge
The Team revealed the starting XI that Deschamps should line up on Tuesday evening. Varane being too fair, it will therefore be the former hinge of Leipzig (2017-2021) who will be responsible for ensuring the grain. The Blues will play in 4-2-3-1 with an attacking quartet Dembele – Griezmann – Giroud – Mbappé.
The probable team: Lloris – Pavard, Konaté, Upamecano, Lucas Hernandez – Tchouaméni, Rabiot – Dembélé, Griezmann, Mbappé – Giroud
The program of the day
The Blues have an appointment at the Al Janoub stadium in Doha to face Australia at 8 p.m. As for us, we will welcome you a little earlier for an Instalive story to give you our feelings and to discuss the latest information before going up to the stands.