The French XI for their friendly against Germany tomorrow has been released:
Lloris (c) –
Sagna, Koscielny, Sakho, Evra –
Cabaye, Matuidi – Sissoko, Valbuena, Ribery –
Koscielny is surprisingly preferred to Adil Rami, who, since the Deschamps revolution has generally been guaranteed a 1st team spot. No surprise that the Arsenal man is paired up with Mamadou Sakho at the back; the PSG man has been in great form for France in the last 6 months.
In Blaise Matuidi the French side have a proper defensive midfielder who is likely to sit in front of the defence for the majority of the game with Cabaye the more likely of the two central midfield players to be joining the attack and looking to split the German defence open with his incisive passing.
The Franck Ribery/ Philipp Lahm duel down the French left hand side is likely to be intriguing whilst on the other wing, Deschamps favours Valbuena (who he has forever admired) over Jeremy Menez.
Moussa Sissoko‘s excellent start on Tyneside is rewarded with a place in the team tomorrow. He will play an attacking central midfield role behind Karim Benzema, an intriguing decision by Deschamps. Previously, the French manager had tried to play Benzema and Giroud together but they had simply got in each other’s way in recent fixtures.
Romain Alessandrini could make his debut for his country tomorrow coming from a French bench as ever packed with quality. Etienne Capoue, Olivier Giroud, Bafetimbi Gomis and Mapou Yanga-MBiwa are just some of the players who could make some sort of impact.