France – Germany: probable line-ups


By: Manu Tournoux

We meet once again. Six months after the victory of the Germans of Rudi Völler in Dortmund against the Blues of Didier Deschamps (2-1), the two selections already meet for a new friendly confrontation, this time at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon (9 p.m.). A France-Germany is never really without stakes. There will be lessons to be learned from this new classic of the continent. Even if the Nationalmannschaft has been doing less well in recent years, these are two teams contenders for the European title in July… in Germany.

Before meeting Chile next Tuesday, the last match before the pre-Euro preparatory meetings, Didier Deschamps takes this duel very seriously. It is a typical 4-3-3 which is planned this evening with Samba in goal, since Maignan did not train part of the week. The Lensois will lead a defense that is once again unique with the presence of Koundé and Lucas Hernandez on the sides. For the central hinge, it is Pavard who holds the rope to be associated with Dayot Upamecano.

Zaire-Emery to replace Griezmann

In the middle, the coach should trust Zaire-Emery for the second time. The Parisian suffered an ankle injury while scoring his first goal for the national team last November. To accompany him, Tchouameni should occupy the low point, while Rabiot will undoubtedly have more responsibility in the game in the absence of Griezmann. Up front, no surprises with the presence of Dembélé on the right side, captain Mbappé on the left and Marcus Thuram preferred to Giroud and Kolo Muani up front.

Ter Stegen is warned, he who replaces the injured Neuer and returned to Bayern Munich. For the rest of the composition, Julian Nagelsmann would line up a 4-2-3-1 with Kimmich and Mittelstädt, who would celebrate his first selection, for the full-back roles. Tah and Rüdiger are expected in central defense. Kroos is making his big return to the selection and will start with Andrich to form the double pivot. Up front, Musiala, Gündogan and Wirtz are expected to start in support of the front, Kai Havertz.

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