Battered and disappointed in Copenhagen, the Blues lost Sunday night to Denmark in the Nations League (2-0), their last game before the World Cup. What, inevitably, will install doubt in certain spirits. RMC Sport takes you behind the scenes of this meeting.
UBS (Upamecano-Badiashile-Saliba), Deschamps’ surprise
After the successful match against Austria, which ended in a 2-0 victory last Thursday, a reshaped French team against Denmark was expected. But few imagined a rotation of such proportions… Five substitutions, an unprecedented defense with Dayot Upamecano, Benoit Badiashile and William Saliba, Raphaël Varane on the bench, Eduardo Camavinga in midfield and above all Olivier Giroud in attack with Kylian Mbappé.
The AC Milan striker, second top scorer in the Blues’ history, was announced on the bench by the press. But he felt capable of continuing, and the decision to field him was made after a discussion with Didier Deschamps. Giroud discovered the starting eleven, like the rest of the group, during the chat at the hotel around 6:00 p.m. At the same time, the coach organized a video session to explain what he expected from the players of him. It is clear, after the first 45 minutes at Parken Stadium, that the message was not heard.
The tricolor defense suffered too much, the fluidity of the sequences seen last Thursday disappeared and the loss of balls in the middle prevented the construction. William Saliba and Eduardo Camavinga, little in sight, gave up their places at halftime. The score will not move.
a missed opportunity
After the meeting, Didier Deschamps did not beat around the bush in the locker room. “The Danes gave us a lesson in dueling,” he told his men, asking them to watch over them for the next few weeks, adding… that he won’t be happy in November revealing his list. In front of him, heads are lowered. Even if it’s among executives, we take defeats better. Most of the workforce quickly left the facility. “The others are coming,” Kylian Mbappé slips, without stopping, to the journalists present in the mixed zone.
Antoine Griezmann and Aurélien Tchouaméni appear before the cameras. To the airport, then it’s radio silence. The first discussions reach the plane. Before the plane takes off, some exchange messages with loved ones. Those who missed it will surely be disappointed. Dayot Upamecano or Eduardo Camavinga wonder if this performance will definitively close the door to the World Cup. William Saliba is quite irritated but he knows his potential and remains confident. Youssouf Fofana and Benoit Badiashile are relatively satisfied with their first steps with the Blues. The plane landed overnight in Paris.
Didier Deschamps and his team will assess this match, but a member of the squad slips in with a smile: “Long live the return of the injured.” This is the sentiment that dominated this Sunday night in Copenhagen. As in all teams, some players are essential…