September’s international matches highlighted a serious problem in the French defense. Didier Deschamps will have to make a major change and finally trust Jonathan Clauss.
Almost all coaches in the football world envy Didier Deschamps and his incredible squad. The proof, despite many important players absent like Maignan, Kanté, Pogba, Kimpembe, Benzema or Nkunku, France went to the final of the World Cup last year. However, if there is a weak point that can be pointed out, it is at the right-back position. Benjamin Pavard clearly cannot feel comfortable in this position, even if he tries to be more offensive. For his part, it’s the opposite for Jules Koundé, who is not a trained full-back, and is mainly content to defend without trying to cross the halfway line. A problem that is visible, especially when Théo Hernandez’s left side regularly sets fire.
Clauss center quality is in demand
At this right-back position, the tank is not necessarily incredible in France, even if there is a player who is having a great start to the season and is proving that he can also do very badly in a defense at 4. It is Jonathan Clauss. Jérome Rothen invites Didier Deschamps to look at what is being done at OM to complete his team. “ I see OM matches. Last season, Clauss did not play in his position, he played left midfielder or left attacker. It made sense not to call him. But here he has been playing in his position since the start of the season and his start to the Clauss season is satisfactory! We saw the quality of centers from Koundé and Pavard, I don’t want to see that again. On that point, I think Clauss has both in his pocket,” said Jérome Rothen, in his always very colorful language. And yet, Didier Deschamps does not seem particularly excited at the moment, he who had found some limits in the former Lens player during his first appearances with the Blues. But perhaps it is time for the coach to change his mind about Jonathan Clauss.