Lucas Hernandez in delicacy with a knee, Adrien Rabiot will play for the left piston position during the round of 16 of Euro 2021 between France and Switzerland this Monday in Bucharest (9 p.m.). A repositioning linked to the tactical scheme with three central defenders in which the Blues will evolve.
The France team still dreams of an incredible World Cup-Euro double but will have to overcome the solid Swiss team to do so. Opposed to the Nati this Monday evening in Bucharest during the knockout stages of Euro 2021, the Blues will start favorites.
But beware of overconfidence against a team that is doing quite well at the Habs. The group led by Didier Deschamps will also have to manage the various changes decided by its coach before this poster.
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Rabiot in left piston
After fearing a package due to a knee problem, Lucas Hernandez will finally take his place on the bench this Monday against the Swiss selection. Entered into play in place of Lucas Digne after the injury of the Everton side against Portugal, Adrien Rabiot will evolve in the left lane for this eighth. Not as a pure lateral but in the role of a piston.
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Admittedly, the Juventus midfielder is not a specialist in this position, but his big activity could cause problems for his opposite, Silvan Widmer or Kevin Mbabu.
Three defenders for more balance
Perhaps to compensate for the potential lack of experience of the “Duke” on the left, the France team will evolve with three central defenders. The irremovable duo Kimpembe-Varane will be accompanied by Clément Lenglet. The Barça defender is the big winner of this system change. Left to rest against the Seleçao das Quinas, Benjamin Pavard will find his place in the right lane and, like Adrien Rabiot, will be responsible for supplying his teammates with good crosses in the area of Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer.
But if the move to 3-4-3 (or 3-5-2) would allow greater defensive strength, it will also bring more balance to the team as a whole. With three axial, Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté will no longer have the possibility of projecting themselves during the phases of possession. The Mancunien and the Chelsea midfielder could then be in support of the attacking players and allow Antoine Griezmann to focus on the attacking situations behind the Benzema-Mbappé doublet.
The probable line-up of the Blues against Switzerland:
Lloris – Pavard, Varane, Lenglet, Kimpembe, Rabiot – Pogba, Kanté – Griezmann, Mbappé, Benzema.