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The French just got what they wished for. Both Switzerland and France got what their hearts wanted and desired earnestly. The match on Sunday ended with a 0-0 draw but the French coach is still thinking about the best formula to apply on the players of his team. Their performance was satisfactory but still not the best. Didier Delchamps is still trying to fetch and fit the most probable equation to bring the best out of his team players. Despite ending up on the position they wanted in Euro 2016, the French coach still has high expectations from his team. He made five changes for the Sunday’s match which allowed France to win in their group.


France showed their potential against Albania in the second half and against Switzerland in the first half. They have plenty of talent up front but they are yet to deliver a full match performance, hinting that they could trouble the big shots of football as well. By far they have only defeated one of the weakest teams in the tournament. It still remains to be seen that how their back four, which is perhaps their weakest point, holds against the stronger contenders.


Is he an ideal coach? What do you think

Deschamps, who is a sharp tactician, shocked many observants when he left Paul Pogba, the midfielder, and Antoine Griezmann, the most dangerous French striker, on the bench for the first half against Albania. Later on, the French team was struggling on the field with its 4-3-2-1 formation. As a display of his keen insight, Deschamp then rolled out Pogba and Greizmann on the field and reverted to a 4-3-3 formation which ultimately managed to break through Albania’s defense. This tactic was not the only surprise delivered by Deschamps. There was another surprise element to the match. Payet, whose goaling skills were instrumental in first two wins of France, started on the bench. His spot in starting 11 was occupied by Kingsley Coman.

Deschamps might have been proud of his team with their display against Switzerland. For example- Pogba, who managed to cover the entire field in first half against Albania, showed his class at the end of the game after subdued displays in first two outings. Was this not in tandem with the rule “Show your weakest side to your opponent so that he sizes you up as a weak opponent. After this trap has been set, deceive him with classy tactics.” With Pogba following this mantra and more of the same from Payet’s side, France was able to  step up a gear in the knockout stage. The 4-3-3 formation was working perfectly in their favor.

Laurent and Adil Rami, who also showed their nerves in the warm up games and in the match against Romania, are also now looking safer. The defense is less worrisome for coach Deschamps even if the left back Patrice Evra is looking his age and might be the main target of the opponents to come. France will now face one of the third placed team from either Group C, D or E. The upcoming match will be played in Lyon on Sunday.

This  coach of the French team  has all the right  reasons to be proud of his team. We must not forget that it was under Deschamps’ guidance that France got its victory at World Cup, 1998 and at the European Championship, 2000. He has a reputation of a magician who can turn anything into gold with his touch. He still has a lot more to achieve. He is still not at his dream destination. Yet his moves suggest that he is in the right direction.

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