Deschamps’ good habits

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  • 1/9

    Kylian Mbappe (7/10)

    He ended up shaking the net with his head (68th) and was even a decisive passer for Giroud’s historic 51st goal (71st). Before that, he was hard-hitting from the start, although he was well countered. In front of goal, he was not successful, especially on a huge opportunity before the break (45th + 1). He started to force (62nd, 64th) before opening his counter. He wastes another opportunity (83rd).

  • 2/9

    Adrian Rabiot (7)

    He did not make a great start to the match and was even a little short on Leckie, the center on the opener (9th). But taking advantage of his freedom as a left torchbearer, he completely overturned the match by equalizing with a header (27th) then serving Giroud (32nd), after forcing a loss of Australian ball. Going less forward, he played with serenity in the second half.

  • 3/9

    Olivier Giroud (7)

    A World Cup match allowed him to equal Thierry Henry in the EDF top scorer rankings, with an easy double. He takes over an offering from Rabiot (32nd) and a cross from Mbappé with a header (71st). He could have scored his second goal with an acrobatic recovery which would have deserved better (50th). The centers of Dembélé and Théo will offer him other opportunities in Qatar.

  • 4/9

    Antoine Griezmann (6.5)

    He was discreet at the start of the match and for good reason, he remained right axis to compensate for Mbappé’s placement. From the opener, “Grizi” refocused, took control of the game and tried to put his teammates in a good position. He notably offers a goal to Mbappé (45th) or launches the same number 10 tricolor (83rd). The great leader of his team, clearly. What’s more, without Benzema around…

  • 5/9

    Theo Hernandez (6)

    His offensive qualities can tip a match in favor of the Blues. He causes the equalizer of Rabiot (27th) and could have made other assists for Giroud (50th) and Greizmann (67th). On the other hand, launched in the 13th minute after the injury of his brother Lucas, the left side is not necessarily very reliable defensively.

  • 6/9

    Ibrahima Konate (6)

    A promising performance for the future, in the event of a new package from Varane against Denmark. The rock of Liverpool was imperial in the duels he was able to play. Rather sober to the revival. At his side, Dayot Upamecano (5.5) gained confidence over the course of the meeting, leading the recovery.

  • 7/9

    Ousmane Dembele (5.5)

    Posted on the right wing, he made explosive hooks from the start, to overflow as well as to transplant in the axis. Voluntary, he was countered many times before delivering a decisive center for Mbappé (68th). Can create even more chances.

  • 8/9

    Aurelien Tchouameni (5)

    He was the launching pad for his team, in his position as number 6, without behaving as a collective leader. The Real Madrid player went into a fight and took blows, without flinching. It will have to increase in power and make forget the old bosses of the medium. He also misses his only opening for Mbappé (17th).

  • 9/9

    Benjamin Pavard (4.5)

    Without really being put in difficulty, he was a bit passive and weighed down his team in the (rare) weak moments in the first period. In the game, he stayed behind, leaving the right lane to Dembélé, and therefore did not really stand out.


The opening matches follow each other and look alike for the France team under Didier Deschamps.

Didier Deschamps entered the history of the France team a little more. The native of Bayonne is indeed playing his fifth major competition on the bench of the Blues and once again the Blues have launched their adventure perfectly.

As during the 2014 World Cup against Honduras, as against Romania at Euro 2016, as during the 2018 World Cup against the same Australia and as against Germany during the last Euro, the French team has in indeed won its opening match in Qatar. Les Bleus won 4-1 against Australia and took the lead in Group D with a two-point lead over Denmark and Tunisia.

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A victory in one of their next two matches against Denmark on Saturday or Tunisia next Thursday will be enough for the Blues to clinch their ticket to the round of 16.

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