RMC Sport report today that a “tense exchange” took place between Didier Deschamps and Benjamin Pavard following the France defender’s performance against Australia, in the opening game of France’s World Cup campaign.
The Bayern Munich defender was dropped for the following match, against Denmark, after struggling in the right-back position he was deployed in – in particular for Australia’s goal at the start of the match, in which he lost his marker at the back post.
After choosing Axel Disasi over him for the rotated line-up that started the loss against Tunisia, Deschamps explained that he had spoken with Pavard and deemed that he was not in the right “disposition” to start the match. As a result, Jules Koundé is expected to resume his role at right-back for the last 16 match against Poland on Sunday.
Despite Pavard’s struggles away from his specialist centre-half performance, his teammate Kingsley Coman explained in today’s press conference that the defender was “working a lot” and “motivated“, and that he would “be ready for the rest of the tournament.”
GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin