After five consecutive draws, the French team once again found their best form. They finally got some inspiration in their 2-0 victory over Finland in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.
Les Bruce, who has been against the compact team for a long time, failed to beat Bosnia and Herzegovina and Ukraine in previous matches.
However, as the full backs Theo Hernandez and Leo Dubois moved forward to the wing forward position in offensive mode, the formation changed and they expanded their defense to strengthen control of Group D.
Antoine Griezmann scored a goal after some good combinations with Karim Benzema, as the injured Kelian Mbappé barely felt absent at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon.
“I am very satisfied with my performance and the performance of the team,” said Griezmann, who tied with Michel Platini for third place in the history of French goalscoring with 41 goals, behind Thierry · Henry 10.
“Maybe we have found a system that is more suitable for us,” he added, even though the French team used the same formation when they exited in a penalty shoot-out in the last 16 games of the European Cup in 2020.
However, Les Bruce has regained some of the self-confidence that was eroded during the European Championships.
“We breathed better after this game,” said captain Hugo Lloris, who admitted that France was shocked by the European defeat.
“Even if we were a little nervous at the beginning of the game, we had a great time. We don’t want to line up. We have reached a very high level and we want to stay there.”
The greatest satisfaction is the relationship between Griezmann and Benzema. They set up a striker for Atletico Madrid in the opener and created space for the second goal.
This raises questions about Mbappé’s role, but coach Didier Deschamps will not be attracted to make long-term changes.
“Kylian is not here, but I prefer him to be here,” he said.
“He has a place in this offensive trio,” added Deschamps, who sent Anthony Martial along with Griezmann and Benzema.
With 12 points in six games, France leads the qualifications for the World Cup next year. It is 7 points ahead of second-placed Ukraine and third-placed Finland, which has two more games and also leads by 7 points.