Tuesday evening against Australia, Didier Deschamps lined up a new-look central defense with Ibrahima Konaté and Dayot Upamecano.
The defenders of Liverpool and Bayern Munich were eagerly awaited while Raphaël Varane, lacking in rhythm, was on the substitutes’ bench. From Saturday’s match against Denmark, the 2018 world champion could find his place in central defense, a return that will automatically push Dayot Upamecano or Ibrahima Konaté to the bench. But which of the two giants of the French team will give way to the Manchester United defender? The first match of the Blues, this Tuesday against Australia, made it possible to collect some clues. And for the newspaper L’Equipe, it is clear that it was Dayot Upamecano who made the best impression and who has a good chance of keeping a starting spot despite the imminent return of Raphaël Varane.
Upamecano starts with a head start
“One could logically ask the question of the management of his emotions after his recent outings with the Blues. But it was the Munich version of Dayot Upamecano. Sharp in the duels and especially impactful in his passes (45th, 49th, 62nd). If he continues at this level, the defender will become indispensable.” estimates L’Equipe about Dayot Upamecano, credited with the very good mark of 7/10. Ibrahima Konaté did not deliver a bad performance either, but the Liverpool defender was a step below according to L’Equipe, who gave him just the average with 5/10. “There was contrast in the performance of “Ibou”. In the duels, the defender proved that the event was not too big for him. But with the ball in his feet, the Liverpool player had a lot of trouble adjusting by losing transmissions yet within his reach. writes the national daily, for whom Dayot Upamecano has a short lead over his competitor to form the starting central defense of the Blues with Raphaël Varane during this 2022 World Cup in Qatar.