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.
— Equipe de France (@equipedefrance) June 21, 2018
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.
#FRA possible LW options from their current squad:
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) June 21, 2018
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.
Deschamps is seriously not a good coach. Why is he playing two center halves at full back again when he was two top full backs at his disposal? Seriously, this guy is the reason France won't win anything
— kk (@thelongstop) June 21, 2018
Didier deschamps having control of this french squad is a massive waste
— Alex Sergacome (@Alex_AMS96) June 21, 2018
Didier Deschamps actually left Martial and Coman out of the squad to play Matuidi on the left wing. I'm lost for words, this man is taking this super team to the ground.
— Rk (@RkFutbol) June 21, 2018
Didier Deschamps there, playing Matuidi as a left forward instead of Lemar, Dembele, Thauvin, or Fekir.
— Sir Colin Shuttlecock (@iamsircolin) June 21, 2018
Moussa Sissoko starting at right wing in Euro 2016
Blaise Matuidi starting at left wing in World Cup 2018
When the tough gets going, Deschamps smokes some heavy stuff. https://t.co/ZDvB8HYnZh
— Raj Chohan (@rajsinghchohan) June 21, 2018
Martial was left out of the squad only for Matuidi to be playing LW/LM, ffs. https://t.co/3TU78by3go
— – (@AnfieldRd96) June 21, 2018
Dembélé could easily be France's best performing player on his day but he's getting benched today… For Matuidi. You figure out the logic in that one. Guess it's b/c they're playing Peru?
— Culé (@RockBottom88) June 21, 2018
Imagine watching that France v Australia game and thinking “man what France REALLY need to do is start Matuidi”
— 🇫🇷 AƖƖєz Lєѕ ƁƖєυѕ 🇫🇷 (@StantonThe3rd) June 21, 2018
Trying to make sense out of Deschamps. The plan is probably to let Matuidi drop into the hole to release Pogba when attacking. I'm thinking this might look more like a 4-3-3. Hopefully.
— Sherlock Blaze 🇦🇷 (@RHPiper_) June 21, 2018
Matuidi on the wing!!!!!! pic.twitter.com/UTesKQxOmv
— Shapnil (@sadman_shapnil) June 21, 2018
— RémiBadGones69🇫🇷 (@remilyon69) June 21, 2018
Surely you’d swap pogba & matuidi?CAM playing CDM, and CDM playing CAM🤔
— Robert Gibson (@Rob_Gibson_) June 21, 2018
If Deschamps had picked this team for #Aus – fine. No issues.
I really can't see how this is the best team to take on #PER
Matuidi. Nah. For me, they will attack more than Oz, so the quick front three would benefit. https://t.co/3O10nhyzxb
— 🇫🇷 Andrew Gibney 🇫🇷 (@Gibney_A) June 21, 2018
Jorge Sampaoli: "I'll put out the worst possible eleven of the entire World Cup."
Didier Deschamps: "Hold my beer." https://t.co/MJBugsmlXQ
— Roy Nemer (@RoyNemer) June 19, 2018
Martial sitting at home whilst Deschamps puts Matuidi at LW.
— ☈ (@r0bbo_) June 21, 2018