International Friendlies : France V/s. Luxembourg Match Preview and Lineups


France V/s. Luxembourg

MATCH INFO

Tournament

International Friendlies

Date

05-03-2024

Time

12:30 AM IST - 11:30 PM-UAE  

Stadium

Stade Saint-Symphorien

MATCH LIVE INFO

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France vs Luxembourg: A Crucial Friendly at Stade Saint-Symphorien

France is gearing up for a series of crucial matches, beginning with an international friendly against Luxembourg at Stade Saint-Symphorien. As Didier Deschamps’s squad continues preparations for their Euro 2024 campaign, they are set to face Canada next, aiming to build momentum and rectify past disappointments.

France's Impressive Euro 2024 Journey

France's journey to Euro 2024 has been nothing short of impressive. The team achieved near-perfect qualifying results, including a record-breaking 14-0 victory over Gibraltar. Placed in a challenging group with the Netherlands, Poland, and Austria, France is determined to clinch their first European Championship title since 2000. Deschamps, now the only living man to have won the World Cup as both a player and a manager, hopes to lead his team to glory in Germany, making up for the setbacks experienced in Qatar.

Recent Performances: Room for Improvement

Despite a shaky start to the year with a friendly loss to Germany, France managed to secure a narrow 3-2 victory over Chile. The match highlighted areas needing improvement, as the team aims to avoid back-to-back home friendly losses, which they haven't experienced since 2013. Luxembourg’s challenge at Metz's home ground poses a formidable test for Les Bleus.

Luxembourg's Steady Progress

Luxembourg, although yet to qualify for a World Cup or European Championship, has shown significant progress in recent years. Finishing third in their qualifying group behind Portugal and Slovakia, they earned a Nations League playoff spot, only to be defeated by Georgia. However, a subsequent 2-1 friendly win over Kazakhstan demonstrated their continued improvement.

As Luxembourg prepares for matches against France and Belgium, these encounters serve as crucial tests before their Nations League campaign, where they aim for promotion in League C. Historically, Luxembourg has struggled against France, losing 16 of their 18 encounters. Yet, they managed a notable 0-0 draw in their last meeting during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Didier Deschamps's Squad for Euro 2024

Deschamps's Euro 2024 squad features few surprises, with N'Golo Kante returning after a strong season with Al-Ittihad. PSG's Bradley Barcola is the only uncapped player, while Real Madrid's Ferland Mendy and Eduardo Camavinga, alongside Aurelien Tchouameni, are set to play crucial roles despite recent injuries. The squad aims to blend experience with emerging talent, ensuring a balanced approach to their Euro 2024 campaign.

Luxembourg's Key Players and Ambitions

Led by long-serving coach Luc Holtz, Luxembourg’s squad will miss midfielder Leandro Barreiro but includes key players like Sebastien Thill, known for his stunning goal against Real Madrid, and Gerson Rodrigues, the nation’s top scorer. Captain Laurent Jans is on the brink of becoming Luxembourg's highest-capped male player if he appears against France. These players will be pivotal as Luxembourg tests their mettle against stronger opponents and continues to build towards future success.

Conclusion

As France and Luxembourg face off at Stade Saint-Symphorien, both teams have much at stake. For France, it’s a step towards Euro 2024 glory, while for Luxembourg, it’s an opportunity to gauge their progress and prepare for future challenges. Football fans can expect an engaging match as these two teams meet on the field.

Predicted lineup for Portugal V/s. Finland

France possible starting lineup: Maignan; Kounde, Pavard, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Zaire-Emery, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud

Luxembourg possible starting lineup:
Moris; Bohnert, Chanot, Mahmutovic, Jans; Sinani, S. Thill, Olesen, Martins Pereira, Dardari; Rodrigues
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