While he has chosen, for several months, to develop the Blues with a defense to five, Didier Deschamps made an observation that does not encourage optimism for the next World Cup.
The experience only lasted 45 minutes against Switzerland. Confronted with the absences of Lucas Hernandez and Lucas Digne in the left lane, Didier Deschamps had resolved to line up a defense to five to help Adrien Rabiot, tenured as a full-back. The coach was quickly back, Clément Lenglet having to give way to Kingsley Coman at the break after a particularly complicated first period for the Blues.
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But Didier Deschamps has a lot of ideas. And despite the painful precedent against Switzerland, he retried the experience of defending five at the end of the summer against Finland. This time well convinced, the French coach brought him back to the final phase of the Nations League or during the last two qualifying matches for the World Cup.
No national team has won a big trophy with a three-way defense
This time, the moult seems well done. Asked in the columns of Onze Mondial, the former midfielder delivered an observation that does not, however, encourage optimism in view of the World Cup in Qatar. ” No national team or club team has won a big trophy in a system with three defenders ”, he said, specifying immediately: “The one who achieved that was Tuchel with Chelsea in the Champions League last May. Still, a lot of teams have tried to evolve with five or three defenders, it depends on how you look at it. So ok, wanting to copy the others is absolutely possible, but if you don’t have the players to do it, it’s complicated. “
But for Didier Deschamps, the tactical choice is controlled by the players available. “A coach composes with the players he selects, a club coach with the players under contract. If I can change the system, the players, my guiding principle has always been the same: align a team that controls and is as dangerous and efficient as possible, taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of the opponent ”, he explained.