League of Nations – France-Denmark – The notes of the Blues: Benzema on his cloud, Théo Hernandez in full shipwreck

League of Nations – France-Denmark – The notes of the Blues: Benzema on his cloud, Théo Hernandez in full shipwreck

Hugo Lloris : 6

Abandoned by his defense on the Danish equalizer, he could only see the damage. But he prevented the Blues from taking on the water. First on a masterful flight in front of Skov Olsen (75th) and especially in a duel won against Eriksen (86th). He can’t help Cornelius’ new gunshot.

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The physique, the system, Hernandez: who is the culprit of this defeat?

Kingsley Coman: 4.5

His complicated start to the match based on lost duels and bad choices set the tone for a messy performance. If he woke up at the start of the second half and offered an effective relay on Benzema’s goal, he did not have the legs of fire that we know of him. A Coman without thrust is a very neutral Coman.

Replaced by Jonathan Clauss (90th).

Jules Kounde: 4

Not really helped by the average revival of Lloris, he lost the ball on the Danish equalizer. The Sevillian had already experienced two heat strokes by being outstripped twice by Maehle (4th, 39th). Very high, he provided constant support to Coman by trying to bring the surplus in attack.

Replaced by Moussa Diaby (90th).

Jules Koundé during France-Denmark

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Raphael Varane: 5.5

He played his role as defense boss well. Very calm, the Mancunian managed with composure the few hot situations he had to face. Varana notably controlled Dolberg perfectly. But his body once again betrayed him… His outing caused quite a mess in the rearguard.

  • In short… Its release is expensive.

Injured and replaced by William Saliba (61st)

Lucas Hernández: 4

At fault on the Danish equaliser, he completely forgot Cornelius behind his back even if his brother’s very suspicious alignment did not help him at the time. The Munich resident had lived a rather quiet evening so far, even if he no longer exudes the same authority as in his prime for the France team.

  • In short… It is time for him to find his grinta in selection.

Theo Hernandez: 3

It costs the two Danish goals by covering, each time, Cornelius. The addition is salty for the Milanese who sank the blue ship. Overall, it was not as rare as usual. Although he was always alert to his interventions, Hernandez lacked momentum when the Blues had the ball.

  • In short… Two errors, two too many.

Aurelien Tchouameni: 5.5

The Monegasque was one of the few up to the task before the break. Precious in his interceptions, always fair in his choices, he simply lacked a bit of initiative on the offensive phases. More discreet after the break, he seemed to take the hit physically.

  • In short… He ran out of gas.

N’Golo Kante: 6

He was everywhere. On recovery, of course, but also on the wing to try to make up for Coman’s lack of juice. Rather effective in overflows, he even tried his luck at 25 meters and only the post thwarted his plans. Kanté has continued to exceed his duties in a meeting that does not resemble his standards. He also ensured the blow in the position of defender on a counter assassin of the Danes (59th).

  • In short… Everywhere. Especially where you least expect it.

N’Golo Kanté filled in the gaps during this match

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Antoine Griezmann: 4

The Madrilenian had a very average first period. Too often in traffic, Griezmann suffered to find spaces even if it is he who launches Mbappé well (30th). More on his legs after the break, he opened the scoring with a laser pass for Coman. Of course, more is expected from the person who should lead the debates.

  • In short… Another small game for Griezmann.

Replaced by Adrien Rabiot (78th)

Should we already consider an eleven without Griezmann?

Karim Benzema: 7

He first woke up the Stade de France by eliminating four Danes on a high-class action (13th). Then Benzema made four dance on his goal after a solo number and a relay with Nkunku. Great art. He tried to play his partners but, unfortunately for the Blues, they were not at his level.

  • In short… Still on his cloud.

Kylian Mbappe: 4.5

He started the meeting by losing balloons by excess of individualism. The Parisian tried to combine with Karim Benzema but he generally lacked space. A slightly soft strike (30th) as the only significant attempt, Mbappé was not in his standards of March or last fall.

  • In short… A real end-of-season game…
Hit in the left knee and replaced by Christopher Nkunku at the break (see below)

Christopher Nkunku: 5

Decisive passer for Benzema with a nice heel, he immediately returned to his match. The former Parisian showed great complicity with the Madrid player and changed the course of the match with his one-touch game. More discreet at the end of the match, he sometimes lacked density in the duels.

  • In short… Decisive anyway.

Karim Benzema after his goal with Théo Hernandez during France – Denmark in the 2022 Nations League

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