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Official: Tchouameni, Griezmann start for France vs Argentina | World Cup final

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With the FIFA World Cup 2022 final between Argentina and France set to kick off in under two hours, Les Bleus manager Didier Deschamps has released the starting XI that will take the field at the Lusail Stadium.

As expected, there are two changes to the team that started in the semi-final victory over Morocco earlier this week. The first alteration comes in defence where Dayot Upamecano replaces Ibrahima Konate after recovering from an illness.

Adrien Rabiot also makes his way back into the starting XI, at the expense of Youssouf Fofana. The Juventus ace partners Real Madrid mainstay Aurelien Tchouameni in the midfield, with the latter shrugging off a hip issue to make himself available for selection.

Atletico Madrid superstar Antoine Griezmann, who has been one of the best performers at the World Cup, occupies the third slot in the centre of the park for the reigning champions.

Ousmane Dembele, Kylian Mbappe and Olivier Giroud form the attacking line for France against Argentina, with the latter starting despite there being doubts about his fitness.

Ex-Real Madrid ace Raphael Varane partners Upamecano at the heart of the defence while Jules Kounde occupies the right-back position. Former Atletico and Real Madrid left-back Theo Hernandez completes the backline for France. Captain Hugo Lloris mans the goal.

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Ancelotti talks Courtois, Militao, Bellingham, VAR controversies ahead of Las Palmas vs Real Madrid

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Coming off a highly controversial game against Almeria, Real Madrid will now travel to Gran Canaria to take on Las Palmas tomorrow as part of the early kick-off.

Carlo Ancelotti spoke about the clash tomorrow, starting off by confirming his goalkeeper for tomorrow, “Lunin will start tomorrow.”

He also added that Madrid were looking to get back to their usual level after back-to-back poor performances, one of which included elimination against Atletico Madrid in the Copa del Rey round of 16.

“We are motivated to return to our best level after 2 bad games.”

The Italian gaffer also commented on the biggest football story in the world today, which was Jurgen Klopp announcing his decision to leave Liverpool at the end of the season.

“It’s quite surprising, I understand. Working for a long time with the same club and players lowers your motivation a bit. He’s doing a fantastic job at Liverpool.”

And of course, Ancelotti also spoke about the leaked VAR audiovisual, some of which are highly controversial for all parties involved. Barcelona coach and players have also commented on the same, in light of the Negreira case.

“They have talked a lot. Everyone knows what has happened in the last 20 years in Spanish football. The Civil Guard is carrying out an investigations. That is the real problem of Spanish football.”

Luckily for the manager and fans, all injured players — minus the ACL trio of David Alaba, Eder Militao, and Thibaut Courtois — are available. Jude Bellingham is suspended, however.

“Everyone is available now after the recent period of injuries.”

“Making up for Bellingham’s absence tomorrow? Brahim and Joselu are available options. They were able to show themselves after I relied on them as substitutes,” he added.

And as far as Militao and Courtois are concerned, both of whom tore their ACL early in the season, Ancelotti suggested that they could make their return before the season ends.

“Courtois and Militão both have the option to play this season. The recovery process is going very well, they are training on an individual level. It is February and these types of injuries last 6-8 months, so I think they will recover before the end of the season.”

Source: Mundo Deportivo

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