While Didier Deschamps had used him right side to the Euro and then against Bosnia in September, Jules Koundé, excellent central defender in Seville, recalls that he has no predisposition to evolve in the corridor.
Despite the absence of the tauliers that are Raphaël Varane and Presnel Kimpembe, withdrawals for the last two matches of theFrench team in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup against Kazakhstan, Saturday at the Parc des Princes, and in Finland, next Tuesday, the defense of the Blues will largely hold up. Didier Deschamps should renew his central hinge to 3, counting on Jules Koundé, Dayot Upamecano et Lucas Hernandez.
Koundé had chained the two shocks of the League of Nations, last month, against Belgium and Spain, in this role of right central defender which suits him perfectly. In addition to being excellent in reading opposing attacks as well as in duels (even aerial despite his size), the 22-year-old is better at the revival than Varane and can bring more to the game, especially to find Antoine Griezmann or Karim Benzema between the lines.
Present at a press conference on Thursday at Clairefontaine, the Sevilla defender quickly spoke of his international debut ” complicated “, most ” not because the jersey is too heavy to wear, but for other reasonss ”. This is because he was obviously used on the right side twice. “ It’s a position I’m not used to evolving, which is not natural for me, so it was necessarily more complicated than when I was put in the best possible conditions. », Assures Koundé.
According to Deschamps, Koundé “often” plays sideways …
For once, “DD” really failed with the use of Koundé. At the Euro, during the third match against Portugal, he established the player trained in Bordeaux on the right of the defense, in place of Benjamin Surname. Concern: in the 4-2-3-1 set up, Koundé had to take all the right lane in the offensive phase since Corentin Tolisso, right midfielder in the defensive phase, was playing inside the game when the EDF had the ball. An improbable tactical choice, especially since, on the left, there was a doublet, with a Kylian Mbappé left winger ahead of Lucas Hernandez.
Equally surprisingly, Deschamps summoned Koundé as a right-back during the September rally (Dubois was the only right-back in the group). The coach then assured that the Sevillian was ” able to play both positions “And that it was evolving” quite often in this position in his club “. False. Rojiblanco was aligned on the right against Bosnia (1-1), in Strasbourg, and, if he was spent well in his lane, he was excluded for a violent tackle at the start of the second period, near the opposing corner post! He will play in another zone during the next two matches of the Blues, in his position of central defender. He is international because he is remarkable in this position in La Liga and not because he is supposedly versatile.