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This is also the strength of Warren Zaire-Emery. No one was surprised by his presence in Didier Deschamps' list last Thursday for the last training course of the year. No one will be on Saturday evening seeing him start against Gibraltar (8:45 p.m.). It must be said that with the withdrawals of Tchouaméni and Camavinga, despite the weak competition from Kamara and Fofana, the suspense had diminished in the mind of the coach. During the match eve session, behind closed doors on the Allianz Riviera pitch, the PSG midfielder was included in the team of potential starters alongside Adrien Rabiot and Antoine Griezmann in the midfield. At 17 years, 8 months and 10 days, he should become the youngest player in the history of the Blues since the post-war period.
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In the rest of the probable eleven, Jean-Clair Todibo, local to the Riviera stage, was aligned with Dayot Upamecano in central defense. The opportunity for him to score points with a view to the Euro in view of the XXL competition in this sector of the game. The Niçois, who made a name for himself in October for his “nervous laughter”, is granted a nice chance to shine. It's up to him not to miss it when we know the customers are waiting on the sidelines. On the right, Jonathan Clauss will be reappointed, as will Théo Hernandez on the left ahead of Mike Maignan, who started on Saturday but who should give way to Brice Samba on Tuesday in Athens. In attack, as expected, Marcus Thuram would be preferred to Giroud and Kolo Muani, surrounded by Kylian Mbappé and Kingsley Coman.
The probable eleven of the Blues: Maignan – Clauss, Todibo, Upamecano, T. Hernandez – Zaire-Emery, Rabiot – Coman, Griezmann, Mbappé (cap) – Thuram