France seems to be doing things completely differently in the knockout phase of the European Championship. Les Bleus became World Champion with a 4-4-2 system in 2018 and also started the European Championships in that formation, but players would see more in a system with three central defenders.
According to L‘Équipe, the new system has already been trained at the initiative of a few players. The big names of the team seem to keep their place. Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappé have to form the pointer duo, with Antoine Griezmann briefly behind it and N’Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba as a controlling block.
Compared to the last pool match against Portugal, Jules Koundé, Lucas Hernández and Corentin Tolisso would lose their spot. Benjamin Pavard was replaced by Koundé during the last pool game, but is likely to cover the right flank again. Clément Lenglet is expected to act as an additional central defender and Adrien Rabiot takes on the left side at the expense of Tolisso and Hernández.
The Didier Deschamps team took five points against Germany, Hungary and Portugal and finished first in Group F, the Doods Pool. On Monday night, Switzerland awaits in Bucharest: the winner of that eighth final match is allowed to travel to St. Petersburg and comes across Croatia or Spain.
Tactics session today for France tested out a 3-4-3:Lloris – Lenglet, Varane, Kimpembe – Pavard, Pogba, Kanté, Rabiot – Griezmann – Benzema, Mbappé. (EDS)
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) June 26, 2021