Unsurprisingly, André-Pierre Gignac and Florian Thauvin are titular for the first match of the France team at the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games against Mexico, this Thursday (10 a.m.).
The French Olympic football team gets to the heart of the matter. The Blues begin their tournament at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics, this Thursday against Mexico (10am). As expected, the three tauliers born before 1997 (Gignac, Thauvin and Savanier) are holders for this match against the 2012 Olympic champions. Sylvain Ripoll has renewed the same starting eleven as the one lined up against the South Korea (2-1 win) last week in a friendly. He organized a 4-3-3 pattern.
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André-Pierre Gignac is aligned in attack and captain for his reunion with opponents he knows well since he regularly faces them in the Mexican league with the Monterrey Tigers.
Aligned at the top, the 35-year-old will be supported by Florian Thauvin on his right and Stéphanois winger Arnaud Nordin on the left. Lucas Tousart occupies the position of number 6 in front of the defense and in support of the two animators Enzo Le Fée and Teji Savanier.
In defense, Pierre Kalulu (AC Milan) and Modibo Sagnan (Real Sociedad) form the central hinge. Lensois Clément Michelin occupies the right lane while Anthony Caci will play on the left. In the goal, Paul Bernardoni is there.
Nkounkou, 19th man and in the stands
Sylvain Ripoll also had to decide to choose his seven replacements. Young Niels Nkounkou does not appear on the scoresheet (which can only include 18 names). Called in as reinforcements last week to compensate for the forfeit of Rennais Jérémie Gélin, he will follow the match from the stands of the Olympic stadium in Tokyo.
Placed in group A with Mexico, South Africa and Japan, France will try to win one of the first two places in the group, qualifying for the quarter-finals.
The composition of the Blues: Bernardoni – Michelin, Kalulu, Sagnan, Caci – Tousart, Savanier, Le Fée – Thauvin, Gignac (cap), Nordin
Alternates: Bajic, Bard, Pembélé, Mbuku, Beka Beka, Kolo Muani, Doukouré
The compo of Mexico: Ochoa (cap) – Sanchez, Montes, Vasquez, Er.Aguirre – Romo, Rodriguez, Cordova – Martin, Lainez, Vega
Substitutes: Malagon (g), Angulo, Lorona, Antuna, Esquivel, Ed.Aguirre, Alvarado