World Cup 2022: Mbappe benched as Deschamps makes 9 changes to face Tunisia

World Cup 2022: Mbappe benched as Deschamps makes 9 changes to face Tunisia

Rene Otinga
November 30, 2022 at 3:04 PM
  • Kylian Mbappe was benched by Didier Deschamps for France’s final Group game against Tunisia
  • The France boss made a staggering nine changes to the side as France have already qualified for the last 16 of the World Cup
  • Tunisia needs to beat the defending World Champions to have a chance to progress

France coach Didier Deschamps made wholesale changes to his squad to face Tunisia- a decision that has left section of fans baffled.

France’s main man Kylian Mbappe might not get the chance to add to his three goals already in this tournament as he was among the players that were rested by Deschamps on Wednesday, November 30.

Les Bleus made a superb start to their group as they broke the Champions curse by beating Denmark and Australia to secure a ticket to the knockout stages.

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Kylian Mbappe of France warms up prior to the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Group D match between Tunisia and France at Education City Stadium. Photo by Buda Mendes.
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As it stands, they only need a point to top Group D, and Tunisia offers a perfect chance to achieve that goal.

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Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann has also been named on the bench.

Here is France’s full starting XI against Tunisia:

Mandanda; Disasi, Varane, Konate, Camavinga; Coman, Tchouameni, Veretout, Guendouzi; Kolo Muani.

Notably, Matteo Guendouzi, who plies his trade in France with Marseille these days, has been tasked with commanding the midfield.

Veteran goalkeeper Steve Mandanda, 37, also made the starting XI, replacing Hugo Lloris.

Eduardo Camavinga, who was recently tested at right back, also made the starting line up.

Why Mbappe ignored Cameroon to play for France

Sports Brief also reported on why Kylian Mbappe decided to snub Cameroon to instead represent France on international level.

Mbappe was born in Paris to a Cameroonian father, Wilfried, and an Algerian mother, but he had made efforts to play senior national team football for the Central African Country where his dad came from.

Back in 2018, Wilfried alleged that a member of the Cameroon FA requested some money before his son could make the Indomitable Lions’ squad

Di Maria leads most dribbles list

Elsewhere, Angel Di Maria is top of the pile in the list of players who have completed successful dribbles at the Qatar World Cup.

The former Paris Saint-Germain winger has currently recorded seven dribbles from the first two group-stage games.

Barcelona forward Ousmane Dembele is second on the list. The Frenchman has been on sensational form for Didier Deschamps' side, and successfully completed six of the 12 dribbles he’s attempted in Qatar.

Ajax Amsterdam superstar Mohammed Kudus has Ghana's brightest spark and has successfully registered 62% dribbles.

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