France continued their build-up to the World cup by beating Italy 3-1 at the Stade De France in Paris.
Samuel Umtiti set the hosts on their way after Kylian Mbappe’s effort was parried by the Italian goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu.
The French doubled their lead when Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty after Lucas Hernandez had been fouled. Leonardo Bonucci reduced the arrears for Italy but Ousmane Dembele’s chip rounded off a fine French display.
DIDIER DESCHAMPS –
We must be more efficient and clinical to finish them off. The players showed the right mentality over this friendly and against the Republic of Ireland, but now the last part of the World Cup preparation awaits us. We don’t do everything perfectly yet, but for the moment it is satisfactory.
ROBERTO MANCINI –
It was a totally different game to Saudi Arabia and the players did very well. Perhaps the most important thing is that the debutants did well and if we continue like this, in a year we’ll be at their level, or close to it.
Dembele is fast 😟😟😟😟
— 7sevenshop.com (@7sevenshop_) June 1, 2018
KEY OBSERVATIONS –
#1 France started with possibly a €500 million attacking trio of Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele and Antoine Griezmann, who looked very deadly, as France should have scored some more goals considering the chances they created. Mbappe and Dembele sparkled in a fluent up-tempo display with their pace and Griezmann showed more of his playmaking abilities. France arguably will have the best attack in the World cup, and their midfield of Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante and Corentin Tolisso is also second to none.
#2 Italy’s new manager Roberto Mancini started the match with three debutants in the form of Mattia Caldara, Rolando Mandragora and Dominico Berardi. Young winger Federico Chiesa impressed a lot in this match and midfielder Lorenzo Pellegrini also has a lot of potential. This Azzurri team is in a transition stage and they have some fantastic youngsters coming through the ranks, alongwith the experienced players like Leonardo Bonucci, Marco Verratti, Mario Balotelli and Jorginho. Missing the World Cup will be a huge blow, but atleast now they are on the right track.
Didier Deschamps believes Zinedine Zidane will manage France. It's just a question of "when" not "if." pic.twitter.com/4FNT1UpD5y
— Goal UK (@GoalUK) May 31, 2018
PLAYER RATINGS –
Pavard(7) Rami(6) Umtiti(7) Theo(7.5)
Tolisso(7.5) Kante(7) Pogba(6)
Mbappe(8) Griezmann(8) Dembele(8)
De Sciglio(5.5) Caldara(6) Bonucci(8) D’Ambrosio(5.5)
Pellegrini(5.5) Jorginho(6.5) Mandragora(6)
Berardi(5) Balotelli(7) Chiesa(7.5)