The notes of the Blues, Croatia – France (1-1): The boss Kimpembe, the paradox Ben Yedder

Mike Maignan: 6

After a very calm first act, he had more work to return from the locker room. The Milan goalkeeper went to bed without taking any risks on a strike from Modric (71st) then came out perfectly at Kramaric’s feet just before Clauss’ fault synonymous with a penalty (80th). He can’t do anything about the latter but prevents Kramaric from offering himself a double at the end of the game (87th).

In short… Clean and uncluttered work.

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Benjamin Pavard : 4

Back as a right-back in a four-man defense, the Bavarian was uninspired offensively (24th), and accumulated the loss of balls (33rd, 36th). He at least put impact in the air, but covers the action of the Croatian penalty (80th).

In short… Recalled to play in the axis, he disappointed on the right …

Benjamin Pavard can pout: France failed to win in Croatia (1-1), during the League of Nations – 06/06/2022

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William Saliba: 5.5

The Arsenal defender was imprecise in his long game at the start of the match (2nd, 3rd), before playing the arsonist firefighter, with a superb tackle (13th) or a good return (25th) to compensate for moments of feverishness. He continued to alternate hot and cold after the restart, with perfectible depth management on his side as well.

In short… “The art” of putting yourself in danger to shine better.

Presnel Kimpembe: 6.5

The Parisian assumed the weight of the captain’s armband, with interventions full of character from the start (2nd, 6th), a good ability to defend while advancing (18th, 21st) or even a superb tackle in front of Budimir to make up for an error of placement (18th). In the second half, it was in the air that he stood out (58th, 59th), before experiencing like all the Blues the last twenty more complicated minutes.

In short… The boss.

Lucas Digne: 4

Like Kimpembe, he covers Budimir on the first big Croatian situation (18th), and does the same with Pavard on the action of the penalty. For the rest, the attacking contribution of the Aston Villa side was well below his standards, with a few crosses in the first period, then nothing or almost nothing after the break.

In short… Too neutral.

Matteo Guendouzi: 5

It is he who launches Diaby perfectly on the first situation of the Blues (12th). The Marseille midfielder did not, for the rest, hide, but lacked teeth in several interventions. Ball at the foot, he tried to play very simple, without risk taking, with however some losses of avoidable balls (40th).

In short… We have seen it, but it has not weighed enough.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 6

The Monegasque needed time to enter his match, with several lost balls, including a very dangerous one (13th) and some technical inaccuracies. But he gradually played his role as a ball-to-foot hub, with the bonus of a nice tight shot (40th), while being the most active in recovery in midfield. Replaced by Boubacar Kamara (62nd).

In short… More trash than usual, but a big boost.

Tchouaméni in the fight during Croatia – France

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Moussa Diaby: 5.5

The Leverkusen winger sometimes struggled to get into the game under the pressure of the opposition. But when he was able to do so, it was dangerous. He is the (almost) decisive pass on the offside goal of Nkunku (31st) and stumbles on Livakovic after an opening by Nkunku (40th). A nice defensive activity in his right lane also. Replaced by Jonathan Clauss (79th), who conceded a penalty in stride.

In short… Waste, flashes and guts.

Christopher Nkunku: 6

Very free in his positioning, the Leipzig player was dried by Vida, who deserved more than a yellow card (21st). What put him definitively in his match, with a goal disallowed for offside (31st) then an opening in the right tempo for Diaby (40th). It is still him who launches Griezmann for a 2-0 ball (76th), despite a more discreet second act.

In short… The blue jersey weighs less and less heavily on his shoulders.

Adrian Rabiot: 6

Positioned on the left in the 4-4-2 flat (or almost) of Didier Deschamps, the middle of Juve struggled to exist during the first act. But it was he who opened the scoring with a nice shot from the left after a big race (52nd). The former Parisian also put more impact in his interventions after the recovery (74th).

In short… The two faces of Rabiot in the same encounter.

Adrien Rabiot

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Wissam Ben Yedder: 4

A real ghost in the first period, where he only touched… eight balls. The Monegasque striker only negotiated four after the break, including a great assist for Rabiot on the opener (52nd). Absolutely nothing else to report before its replacement by Antoine Griezmann (62nd).

In short… A decisive pass that barely hides the poverty of his performance.

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