Benjamin Pavard speaks on the challenge of France’s back-4 switch

Speaking to L’Équipe in a lengthy sit-down interview, Benjamin Pavard (26) evoked the challenges which lay ahead with France’s switch from a back-three to a back-four. It’s a change in which the defender is directly implicated, having played usually as a wing-back for France and Bayern Munich. 

Pavard says that the two roles of wing-back and full-back  are “completely different” and that “as a wingback, you play almost in two positions and you have to be much more offensive.” The Bayern Munich defender compares this with his experience as a full back:  “As a full back, the most important thing is to know how to defend well and then you can go and attack if you feel there is space.”

The 2018 World Cup winner will feature in France’s campaign in Qatar, having been selected in Didier Deschamps’ 25-man squad last night, which was announced live on French television. Deschamps spoke about how he’ll approach the World Cup with France, and openly admitted that he intends to switch Les Bleus’ defence into a back four. Pavard has made 12 appearances already this season for Bayern Munich, and will be in good shape ahead of Les Bleus’ training camp and assessments next week ahead of travelling to Qatar, bar any last minute injury worries this weekend.

GFFN | George Boxall

 

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