Allons enfant de la patrie, le jour de gloire est arrivé”, thus begins the Marseillaise, the French anthem born during the glorious revolution of 1789 and which, if you like, it sounds a bit like a call right now for the national cockerel to try and double the victory at Russia 2018.
France arrives at this Qatar 2023 World Cup as one of the top favorites, along with other big teams such as England, Argentina, Brazil, and Spain for the ultimate success, thanks to the big names available in the squad for Didier Deschamps. Mbappé, Lloris, Camavinga, Varane are just some of the players available for the French coach, not to mention the absence of absolute superstars like N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba, Mike Maignan, and, last but not least, Karim Benzema, the Ballon d'Or winner of last season, who is currently out due to injury.
The current holders of the World Cup will debut in the competition at 8pm today, Tuesday 22 November, against Australia coached by Graham Arnold, in the first day of Group D, which also includes Denmark and Tunisia.
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France, the formation of Deschamps
The training that the former coach of Juventus should focus on would be the classic 4-3-3 formation that had brought some good results 4 years ago, but with different players, especially in the midfield. In goal, the captain and goalkeeper of Tottenham under Antonio Conte, Hugo Lloris, remains the same, while in front of him the quartet should be composed of Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Dayot Upamecano, and one of the Hernandez brothers, either Theo or Lucas.
In midfield, there will be space for young players from Real Madrid, Aurelien Tchouameni and Eduardo Camavinga, alongside one of the revelations of the year in Serie A, Adrien Rabiot, who has impressed under the guidance of Massimiliano Allegri. Up front, there will be room for the creativity and speed of two arrows, Ousmane Dembelé and Kylian Mbappé, with the position for Karim Benzema likely to be taken by Antoine Griezmann.
France-Australia: Mbappé and his companions remove the pitfalls
The forecast would say that there shouldn't be a match between les bleus and the Australian kangaroos, given the huge gap that should theoretically divide the two teams and the two squads in general. It is important to start off on the right foot, considering that, although the rivals in the group are not irresistible, there may be pitfalls in the other two games, not to mention that it could also be a factor to rest the starters before the knockout phase.
Don't underestimate the fact that this World Cup could be the moment of the torch-passing between the two phenomena of the old generation, Messi and Ronaldo, and those who could be for the next years, among whom could be Kylian Mbappé himself, called to lead his team to success in order to have his own baptism of fire in the GOTA of global football.