RMC Sport report that French international midfielder Paul Pogba is the key man behind the push to France using a back 3 against Switzerland this evening.
Although it is not fully confirmed until Didier Deschamps announces his line-up for the match later today, Pogba has been responsible for the increased focus on the formation in training in the last couple of days.
Pogba’s belief is that this shape will give France’s front 3 less defensive responsibility and more freedom to utilise their offensive potential. Initially a 4-3-3 was discussed, before Pogba spoke up and pushed for a 3-4-3.
Pogba has always been a major leader in the national team squad and he is an important relayer of messages to the squad for Deschamps. Deschamps confirmed that he regularly consults with players on intended tactics in a press conference on Sunday:
“I speak with the players, to get a sense of their feelings, a bit more with the key players, even if I speak with all the players. The aim is to put them in the best possible conditions to perform well. Aside from that comes the video analysis, opposition analysis and I always make a decision to achieve the same thing: to cause them (the opposition) problems. But to know who decides, if I have to reassure you, it is I who takes the decisions.”
Benzema and Griezmann have been spending a lot of time together on and off the pitch in order to build up as much chemistry as possible for when matchday comes. This 3-4-3 shape would allow for Karim Benzema’s heading ability to be more utilised with the potential for more regular crosses into the box for France, as well as allowing for Kylian Mbappé to take up more central positions, which is where Didier Deschamps feels that the PSG man is the most dangerous.
Deschamps likes to use this shape but typically only when the opposition is also deploying a three at the back system, which he expects Switzerland to do.