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Friendly Germany-France: a gold gauge

Ⓒ AFP – PATRIK STOLLARZ – | French strikers Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé in training on 13 November 2017 in Cologne

Finish 2017 on a good note, but against the best student: the team of France is the world champion Germany friendly match on Tuesday in Cologne (20.45), history to test its value.

The meetings between these two neighboring and friendly nations are still peculiar, a little more since the attacks of November 13, 2015, two years ago, which had notably a death near the Stade de France on the sidelines of a France- Germany.

The sporting period, too, is particular, wedged between the outcome of qualifying in October and the sequence of March, the ultimate before the announcement in May of the list of players for the World Cup. After the Welsh Friday at “SdF” (2-0), which allowed them to regain their game, the Blues and play their second game of preparation during this rally in November conducive to experimentation.

Didier Deschamps is in any case obliged, being deprived of eight major players (Lloris, Sidibé, Mendy, Kanté, Pogba, Payet, Lemar and Dembélé), which was added Sunday the center-forward Olivier Giroud (adductors) .

Who will replace him in point? Alexandre Lacazette, little verve in selection, presents the natural profile, but Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappé can also evolve together at the front of the traditional 4-4-2.

– Griezmann-Mbappé, finally a duet –

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – FRANCK FIFE – | Antoine Griezmann (d) striker for the Blues against Wales in a friendly match, November 10, 2017 at the Stade de France

The attack leader and the 18-year-old prodigy’s association worked for the first time on Friday, after several frustrating matches. “This is something that will be done over time, there we are in preparation, this is the perfect time to perfect this agreement,” Mbappé advanced on Sunday on TF1.

In this offensive sector, Deschamps could also give more time to the ghosts Anthony Martial and Nabil Fekir. But what about Kingsley Coman, appeared disappointing on Friday?

Everything will depend also on the system adopted: a 4-4-2, as in the semifinals of Euro-2016 against … Germany (2-0), a victory a little against the course of the game; or a 4-3-3, in order to strengthen the recovery against a team that became a specialist in possession?

Deschamps assured that he would not align “the same team” as Friday, but the idea remains the same: rely on the few valid holders and put on the grill of substitutes or inexperienced.

If Corentin Tolisso represents the emerging figure of this autumn in the midfield of the Blues, Adrien Rabiot could have a card to play, for example at the position of sentinel.

In central hinge, Laurent Koscielny, absent from Sunday training (care), should leave his place to Raphael Varane (spared Friday), which would be associated with Samuel Umtiti, or Presnel Kimpembe for his first cape, at kickoff or during the match.

While right, Christophe Jallet should be renewed, Lucas Digne, who had scored points in the Bulgarian quagmire in October, could replace Layvin Kurzawa in the left lane.

– Trapp holder –

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – FRANCK FIFE – | PSG’s German goalkeeper Kevin Krapp, on October 31, 2017 at Parc des Princes

The Germans “are ahead of us: they are used to playing the big competitions, to go to the semifinals and the final, they were world champions in 2014 starting in 2006,” said Deschamps .

Since the failure against the Blues in the half of the Euro, their course is dreaming: no defeat, box-full in qualifying at the World Cup-2018 and the trophy of the Confederations Cup as a bonus. When the French also finished at the top of their qualifying group but at the end of a sometimes difficult journey.

Joachim Löw did talk about England (0-0 at Wembley on Friday) and France as “meters stallions”: “The French have incredible quality in the offensive sector, with world class players, they will be much more dangerous than the English “.

“Jogi” was relayed by Julian Draxler, who, speaking of his Parisian teammate Mbappé, dropped: “I wonder if our defenders will manage to contain it” …

Nevertheless, if Löw also has some great absentees (Neuer, Boateng, Müller), he has a Mannschaft that mixes the “world class” sacred in Brazil in 2014 (Hummels, Kroos, Khedira, Özil, Götze) and “class bottle “winner of the Confederations Cup in July (Kimmich, Rüdiger, Rudy, Draxler, Werner, etc.).

Monday, he announced the return in the eleven executives Toni Kroos and Sami Khedira (spared in England), as well as the tenure of Parisian goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who will know in this second selection his first minutes of the game of the season.

The Blues engage in their duty of German: a white exam certainly, but a sacred examination anyway.

Probable teams from Germany and France, who face each other in a friendly match on Tuesday in Cologne (20.45):

Germany: Trapp – Kimmich, Hummels (cap.), Süle, Plattenhardt – Rudy, Khedira – Stindl, Kroos, Özil – Wagner

Coach: Joachim Löw

France: Mandanda – Jallet, Varane (Cap.), Umtiti, Digne – Tolisso, Rabiot, Matuidi – Mbappé, Lacazette, Martial (or Griezmann)

Coach: Didier Deschamps

Referee: Cuneyt Cakir (TUR)

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