France after more of the same against Andorra
After a rousing victory over Albania at the weekend, France can edge closer to securing their place at Euro 2020 when they play host to Andorra at the Stade de France on Tuesday evening.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019
Euro 2020 qualifying Group H
France - Andorra (Kick-off at 20:45 CET)
A brace by Kingsley Coman, an Olivier Giroud strike and a debut goal for Jonthan Ikoné helped Les Bleus to a 4-1 win over Albania on Saturday, leaving the world champions on top of Group H with 12 points, ahead of Turkey and Iceland on goal difference.
Didier Deschamps' side are on course for next summer's European Championship, but the job is not done yet, with a trip to Reykjavik and a home meeting with Turkey to come next month. Before that double-header, France are unlikely to slip up against their neighbours from the Pyrenees, who are ranked 136th in the world and are officially the sixth-worst side in Europe.
France won 4-0 away to Andorra in June, and the smart money would be on a wider winning margin this time. However, the 0-0 draw at home to Luxembourg in World Cup qualifying two years ago is there as a reminder of what can happen in these fixtures, and Andorra have taken heart from their performance in Turkey at the weekend, when they only lost 1-0 to a goal conceded in the 89th minute.
"The three points against Andorra have the same value as against Albania. We need to be capable of putting our foot on the accelerator again and imposing our game," said Deschamps.
Stade de France milestone
In what will be Les Bleus' 100th game at the Stade de France, LOSC forward Ikoné is likely to again start on the bench. However, Deschamps has hinted that changes will be made to his line-up and Olympique Lyonnais right-back Léo Dubois may get a chance from the start, along with Everton's Lucas Digne on the other side and Moussa Sissoko of Tottenham Hotspur in midfield.
When asked how he found motivation for this type of encounter, goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris was unequivocal.
"Simply by looking at the group table," he said. "We know how tight it is. There are three points, and we have a chance to improve our goal difference."
France: Lloris (c); Dubois, Varane, Lenglet, Digne; Sissoko, Tolisso; Coman, Griezmann, Lemar; Giroud
Andorra: Gómes; San Nicolás, Llovera, Lima (c), Cervós; García, Rebés, Vales, Clemente; Vieira, Aláez