Didier Deschamps could be deprived of Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne for the round of 16 of the France team against Switzerland, Monday, at Euro 2021. And the solutions on the left are not legion.
Didier Deschamps have been abandoned by his so famous luck? The coach of the Blues may end up believing it. Because after having recorded the package of Ousmane Dembélé for the end of Euro 2021, the coach of the Blues may have lost Lucas Digne. Victim of a hamstring muscle injury Wednesday against Portugal (2-2), the defender of Everton could well have to draw a line on the final phase of the tournament. “It’s going to be very complicated. When there is a muscle injury to the ischio, it’s not a good sign,” Deschamps admitted at a press conference. He had launched Digne at the break in place of Lucas Hernandez, who is also causing concern because of a small knee alert. “I didn’t want to take any risks, especially since he had a yellow card,” Deschamps said. What solutions therefore vis-à-vis Switzerland in the event of a package deal from Digne and Hernandez?
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Rabiot, the surprise solution
The staff of the Blues had already limited the playing time of Hernandez in preparation to avoid any relapse, replacing him each time at half-time during the friendlies against Wales (3-0) and Bulgaria (3 -0). But the Munich player still does not seem to be at 100% of his means. And Deschamps, who can not recall a field player, could well find himself in front of a sacred puzzle when making his composition for the eighth-final of the France team against Switzerland on Monday.
In Budapest, after the exits of Hernandez and Digne, it was Adrien Rabiot who helped out at the left side post, to everyone’s surprise. A completely new role for him. And he did pretty well. The former PSG midfielder, who did not want to play in a position other than his not so long ago, did not hesitate to make defensive efforts and was rather reassuring. What push Deschamps to extend this interim?
Kimpembe knows the job
Difficult to imagine. Even if the solutions are not legion. The most logical would probably be to trust Presnel Kimpembe, who used to evolve on the left during his training at PSG. Before settling in the axis. Among professionals, it has really only been used once on the left side. It was October 15, 2016, under the orders of Unai Emery, during a short Parisian victory over the synthetic Nancy (2-1). And it did not really go well for Kimpembe, since it was on a bad pass on his part that PSG had conceded a goal.
If it is on the right that he revealed himself to FC Nantes, and that he has established himself as a holder in Lyon, Léo Dubois can also play on the left. But he starts from afar. He was not entitled to a single minute during the preparatory matches for the Euro, and was sent to the stands for France-Germany and Portugal-France. Substituting against Hungary, he did not come into play. There are also the options Corentin Tolisso and Clément Lenglet.
A passage in 3-5-2?
The Barcelona has the advantage of being left-handed, while the world champion has already been lined up as a side in the OL youth categories. But then again, it would be more than experimental. Lenglet would rather have to take place in the axis alongside Raphaël Varane if Kimpembe is shifted to the left. Unless Deschamps decides to completely revise his plans and his playing system by going, for example, to a 3-5-2. This could allow a Thomas Lemar to be established on the left side. This role could also suit the versatile Rabiot. Even Kylian Mbappé in a very, very offensive configuration. But the most reassuring would be especially to have positive news from Hernandez as soon as possible.