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Official: Tchouameni, Griezmann starts for France vs Morocco | World Cup semi-finals



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France manager Didier Deschamps has announced the starting lineup for their FIFA World Cup 2022 semi-finals against Morocco.

The reigning world champions will be aiming to book a date against Lionel Messi’s Argentina, who qualified for the grand finale by defeating Croatia last night. And Deschamps has made two changes to the team that started in the quarter-finals against England last week.

The first of the two alterations comes in defence where Ibrahima Konate steps in for Dayot Upamecano, who is out with an illness. He partners former Real Madrid star Raphael Varane at the centre of the backline.

Jules Kounde gets the nod at right-back while former Real Madrid and Atletico defender Theo Hernandez slots in on the left side of the defence. Captain Hugo Lloris will be guarding the French goal.

The second change is in the midfield department where Adrien Rabiot misses out with an illness, making way for Youssouf Fofana. The AS Monaco ace will be partnered by Real Madrid star Aurelien Tchouameni, who has been a permanent fixture in the lineup for France.

Atletico Madrid ace Antoine Griezmann keeps his place as the third midfielder and will once again act as Les Bleus’ chief creator on the pitch.

Ousmane Dembele, Olivier Giroud, and Kylian Mbappe form the frontline for France against Morocco.

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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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