EdF: Upamecano and Konaté will need help, he warns

The French team will present themselves this Tuesday with a new-look defense for their first match at the World Cup with Upamecano and Konaté.

Officially fit for this first match of the 2022 World Cup, Raphaël Varane will start on the bench against Australia, Didier Deschamps having the will to take no risk with his defensive captain. France’s central defense for the match against Australia on Tuesday will therefore be made up of Ibrahima Konaté and Dayot Upamecano. A new-look defense which combines nine selections between them… none of which in common. On paper, this may feed some concerns among supporters of the French team as well as among observers. And yet, there is no reason to panic excessively according to Franck Haise, coach of RC Lens and consultant for L’Equipe during the World Cup.

Upamecano and Konaté, zero panic among the Blues

“The coach has a lot of experience, he has always been able to get his messages across. There is a young hinge, but with boys who know each other and who like each other a lot, it’s a chance. These are two high-level profiles, which prove it in their club. The selection, we can think that it is different, but they know how to approach important matches. This hinge won’t be able to fix anything on its own anyway, it will need the help of the whole block. Then there is something interesting, it is that the management of emotions in this generation is different. They are able to leave very quickly after a failure for example. They have a lot of self-confidence and that’s a strength.” analyzed Franck Haise, no more worried than that by the central defense of the France team, which will be made up of Konaté and Upamecano for this first match of the World Cup against Australia on Tuesday. In the meantime, we hope for the return of Raphaël Varane on Saturday against Denmark.

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