Let’s analyze France vs Ireland to see how Didier Deschamps is building a team that will be the main candidate in the next Euro. 4-2-3-1 shape with Koundé as the right back, accompanied by Dembélé as a winger, just like they did at Barcelona. On the left wing, Theo Hernández playing very high with Mbappé inside, like this season with PSG.
Mbappé’s mobility throughout the left flank giving space to Theo Hernández.The forward received without any defender marking him because no one jumped from the defensive line and allowing Theo to attack the space behind the defense.
We can see it here how in the final third Mbappé is alone and Theo Hernández pushing, waiting Ireland in a low block that is too passive.
On the other side, Dembélé received to play 1v1, always giving width and with Koundé joining the attack, making good decisions. It is curious how in Barcelona the right flank with Dembélé and Koundé didn’t work, however with France they are showing that they do have potential.
Adding both strengths came one of France’s goals. Koundé overlapping Dembélé, Griezmann appearing between the lines with his excellent movements off the ball. He receives and turns, attracting 3 players. Mbappé drifting inside and Theo free on the left. The full-back receives and up to 4 French players waiting inside the box, scoring Thuram the goal.
The other key was Tchouaméni, playing one of the best games of his career. Great defensive level, giving support in the flanks, winning the ball back and in defensive transitions, with France always having superiority. In addition to his shots from outside the box, scoring the first goal of the game.
Good victory for one of the best teams in the world.