Blaise Matudi starts left-wing as Didier Deschamps names odd side to face Peru

Blaise Matudi starts left-wing as Didier Deschamps names odd side to face Peru

Didier Deschamps has seemingly selected Blaise Matuidi as a left winger for France’s second World Cup group match against Peru.

France beat Australia 2-1 in their opening game but the performance was far from ideal with a front three of Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann failing to combine effectively.

Subsequently, Deschamps has decided to change his lineup, dropping Dembele and employing Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud as the team’s focal point.

If the official line-up published by France’s official Twitter account is anything to go by, Griezmann will play just behind Giroud with Mbappe on the right and Matuidi on the left.

Matuidi is usually a central midfielder for Juventus and France, so Deschamps decision to put him on the left of the attacking quartet has struck fans as odd.

The likes of Thomas Lemar, Nabil Fekir and Florian Thauvin were all potential options, but Matuidi has been given the nod.

Meanwhile, N’Golo Kante will partner Paul Pogba in central midfield again, and Benjamin Pavard continues at right-back.

Here are some of the best reactions to Deschamps’ strange team selection from Twitter.