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Looking for redemption. After the correction suffered against Germany (0-2), the France team welcomes Chile to the Vélodrome stadium, Tuesday March 26, for its second match of the March gathering. The Blues must reassure themselves and conclude this last international meeting with a victory, before preparing for Euro 2024. The opportunity, faced with an opponent lacking benchmarks, to regain confidence, to offer a great show at the Vélodrome and for certain players, to earn points in the mind of the coach.

Find certainties

Against Germany, last Saturday in Lyon (0-2), the France team was dominated in all aspects of the game by a Nationalelf, however without confidence (three victories in 11 matches in 2023). A victory against Chile would not erase all doubts, after this scathing defeat against a direct competitor at the next Euro, but would give some momentum to Didier Deschamps’ men. A defeat, on the other hand, would be cause for concern. Technically and collectively overwhelmed on Saturday, they will have to show a better face at the Vélodrome.

Places to be won for Euro 2024

If the failure was collective, certain players embodied the French problems against the National Mannschaft. Marcus Thuram, who had the opportunity to establish himself as number 9 of the Blues, has undoubtedly lost points with a view to the Euro and Olivier Giroud could regain starting status in the mind of Didier Deschamps. In midfield, places are up for grabs and Eduardo Camavinga could benefit from them. Finally, the central training repositioned on the sides (Lucas Hernandez and Jules Koundé) did not convince, leaving the way open for Jonathan Clauss and Théo Hernandez to win.

An opponent in full doubt

Chile is waiting for the next generation. After the golden generation, double winner of the Copa America in 2015 and 2016 and third in the FIFA rankings in 2016, La Roja fell to 42nd place in the world and missed the last two World Cups. Getting off to a bad start in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers (8th out of 10), Chile has changed coach. Ricardo Gareca is experiencing his first rally at the head of the selection, which began on Friday March 22 with a convincing victory against Albania (3-0).

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