Rennes – The first place to continue the party: already qualified for the round of 16 of the Women's World Cup, the Blues play without pressure and should turn their squad face Nigeria Monday night (21H00) in Rennes, where they want to ensure the head of their group.
Even if she does not intend to change her entire team, Corinne Deacon could spare some executives and line up entry the right side Eve Perisset, midfielder Charlotte Bilbault or forward Viviane Asseyi, usually substitutes, as well as OL of Delphine Cascarino.
"We take into account the state of form of the players. Above all, we think a little bit after the competition, not very far, but just in the 8th finals since we are qualified", explained the coach Sunday by announcing"some changes".
Although a draw is enough to finish first in group A, the Blue are aiming for victory to share a new moment of communion with the public, in a Roazhon Park that will be sold out, as were the Parc des Princes face South Korea (4-0) and Nice's Allianz Riviera against Norway (2-1).
"This is the first time in our life that we have seen such an event. We did not expect such a craze. It's great for us, it will change the women's football", welcomed Captain Amandine Henry.
"Our discipline evolves. We measure the chance we have. We still knew the beginnings of women's football where we had to juggle between professional life or student life and sports life", completed Deacon, herself former international and captain of the Blue before turning to the job of coach.
– 8-0 in April 2018 –
A priori the Blue seem far superior to Nigeria, 38th nation ranked Fifa they had beaten 8-0 in a friendly match at Le Mans in April 2018.
But Corinne Deacon assures, it will be a completely different match against a team athletic and much better prepared, carried by his attackers Desire Oparanozie, who plays in Guingamp and knows France well, or Asisat Oshoala (Barcelona).
"It was the first game in a year and a half, another situation. We were getting to know each other. I can promise you that we will fight a lot more and be better organized", adds Nigeria coach Thomas Dennerby of Sweden.
The Super Falcons will be even more motivated that they can still snatch their ticket to the round of 16, thanks to their success against South Korea 2-0.
And they had caused problems to the French in 2011 during the first game of the World Cup, won 1-0 by the Blue, in a team where already included Wendie Renard, Elise Bussaglia, Gaetane Thiney or Eugenie Le Sommer, entered the break.
2011, another era for French women's football that hopes a new audience on Monday night although the sporting stakes are limited, pending the 8th finals and a possible quarter against the formidable American. The reigning world champions have just corrected Thailand 13-0, a record, and Chile 3-0.