The overflowing activity of Tchouaméni, Pogba’s new good game, but also the adventures of the French defense, Zouma in mind: finding the Tops and Flops of this Ukraine-France (1-1).
Tchouaméni is not afraid of anything
Interestingly enough when he came into play against Bosnia last Wednesday, Aurélien Tchouaméni was very convincing for his first tenure with the French team. Always available for the ball carrier, the Monegasque has been ubiquitous raking in a lot of balls and offering some good ones, like this opening for Benzema brought in by Diaby’s post. Very good surprise in a sector that is now well endowed.
Pogba, still precious
Like Wednesday against Bosnia, Paul Pogba continued to be very useful in the French midfield. In the first period, it was his inspirations that allowed the Blues to have opportunities. He continued his momentum in the second period, although he was less accurate in his long game. But his many recovered balls and his ability to find gaps in an instant grant him untouchable status.
Martial, 5 years later
He had to fight at the forefront of the attack and was finally rewarded. Replacing Mbappé, injured, in this French eleven, Anthony Martial had started this game badly by losing a dangerous ball. But he is at the origin of the two great French occasions in the first period, with a draw for Griezmann and a duel lost against Pyatov. He may have hesitated, but it was he who finally allowed the Blues to call on a fox fly (50me). Son 2me selection goal, 5 years after 1it is, in September 2016 in Italy.
Shaparenko, a real gem
He is only 22 but already represents the future of Ukraine. Technically skilled, Mykola Shaparenko hurt the Blues. Above all, he lifted the 45,000 spectators at the Kiev Olympic Stadium with his clear shot that fooled Lloris before the break. It’s all 1it is in the selection and you will remember it.
Zouma, symbol of a still wavering defense
The Blues are far from having solved all their woes on defense. In Varane’s absence, it is Kurt Zouma who was established by Didier Deschamps. In a more physical register, the new West Ham player was far from reassuring, with some lost duels and, above all, risky climbs. But he was not the only one who had difficulties, since his “friend” Kimpembe returned to expose all his shortcomings of the moment.
A yet undeveloped defensive block
More than defense, the entire French organization is to blame. The insufficient withdrawal of some players, the lack of concentration in the set pieces, the emotion that emerges from the rear: the Blues have lost the values that have made them so successful in the past. It was not all risk insurance for Ukrainian stocks on Saturday night.
Griezmann was lost
Often influential in the French game, Antoine Griezmann has undoubtedly thrown one of his worst performances at Azul. Sailing between the right and the axis, the Atlético player ended up not knowing where to position himself and even weakened the team’s balance with his insufficient folds. Charge against Deschamps to allow him to regain his Axial role for the duration of a match.
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