Didier Deschamps believes that rotating his France aspect a lot was the rationale they fell to defeat in opposition to Tunisia on Wednesday.
- Deschamps fielded heavily-rotated aspect
- Misplaced 1-0 to Tunisia
- Insists France will profit from the rotation
WHAT HAPPENED? With France already having secured their place within the final 16 of the World Cup forward of matchday three in Group D, head coach Deschamps used their recreation in opposition to Tunisia as a uncommon likelihood to relaxation and rotate his squad. They fell to a shock defeat, although, with Wahbi Khazri’s objective the distinction.
WHAT HE SAID: Chatting with RMC after the match, Deschamps delivered his evaluation: “We had some difficulties by the alternatives that I made. It ought to assist us in 4 days. Some gamers had been in danger [of injury] and we had simply performed two high-intensity matches. It allowed the substitutes to see the distinction [in quality] in a World Cup match.”
He added: “We’ve reached the target, we’re going to get better, now begins a second competitors.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE: A 1-0 win for Tunisia wasn’t sufficient to safe them their place within the knockouts and as an alternative sees them eradicated, as a result of Australia eking out a 1-0 victory of their very own in opposition to Denmark elsewhere within the group. Nevertheless, they’ll head house happy with their work, having overwhelmed the defending champions.
France, in the meantime, will be content material with the very fact they’ve rested key gamers forward of the final 16.
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WHAT NEXT FOR FRANCE? Les Bleus will face an under-performing Poland aspect within the final 16 on Sunday.