Relegation to Ligue B, psychological advantage, game system… What is at stake in the Blues’ game in the Nations League

This is the last test before the start of the World Cup. The France team travels to Denmark, in Copenhagen, for the last day of the group stage of the League of Nations, on Sunday, September 25. The Blues, who raised their heads and finished four games without winning thanks to their 2-0 win over Austria, will seek to finish in the best possible way, in a rival with varied bets, against a formation that France will find in the Cup World on November 26.

Definitely remove the threat of relegation

Upkeep in League A is not yet purchased. Bottom of Group 1 at the start of the international break, the Blues rallied ahead of Austria following their 2-0 win at the Stade de France against David Alaba’s team-mates on Thursday night. But they are not permanently immune. In the event of a defeat (or draw) in Denmark, and Austria’s victory against Croatia, France would end up with the red lantern and would be relegated to League B, just like England. Another consequence: this relegation would place France in hat 2 of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, with the risk of facing another great European nation (Holland, Spain, Italy, Belgium…) on the way to Germany.

Fill yourself with confidence before playing Denmark again in the World Cup

The confrontation will also have its psychological importance. While the two teams are due to meet in Group D at the Qatar World Cup, in their second match on November 26, the winner of the evening will undoubtedly gain the psychological advantage over their opponent. “The next meeting in the World Cup will be another meeting, with advantages for both sides since the teams know each other well and will have already met twice”, acknowledged Didier Deschamps at a press conference. If he succeeds on Danish soil, the French team would be full of confidence. Especially against a semi-finalist team in the last European Championship, which had just won in Paris last June (2-1).

Confirm the correct shape of the system.

This last rehearsal prior to the World Cup should also validate the proper functioning of the game system, as a result of the match against Austria. At the Stade de France on Thursday night, the 3-5-2 set up by Didier Deschamps in recent months has convinced, led by a solid defense such as his captain Raphaël Varane. However, in June, the first leg against Denmark had marked the temporary end of this organization, at the request of the players, exhausted after a prolonged season. The Blues had played their last two games with a four-man defence, in a system that consumed less energy. But now they are gaining strength physically and seem to better withstand the demands of the 3-5-2. A successful performance against Denmark could sweep away the last tactical doubts.

One last chance to brag

Who says last test says last chance to shine. With a month and a half to go before the announcement of the World Cup squad, some players have every interest in making a success of their start against Denmark to stay on the minds of the coach and coaching staff. Mattéo Guendouzi, Eduardo Camavinga or Dayot Upamecano, who will remain on the bench against Austria, will certainly be eager to show off. Newcomers Benoît Badiashile and Youssouf Fofana will also want to confirm their good debut against Austria, and why not cause a surprise. Despite his status as the second highest scorer in the history of the France team, Olivier Giroud also knows that he must prove that he is essential in the group that will fly to Qatar.

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