[VIDEO] France vs. South Africa: « The level of strategy and thinking is taken to its extreme. »

The France – South Africa match on Sunday, October 15th, the quarter-final of the World Cup, will be decided by tactical details.

A strange paranoia has settled in. What if the South Africans were mischievous and provided a false lineup? What if Faf De Klerk and Handre Pollard, the world champion halfback duo in 2019, were starters instead of the tandem Cobus Reinach – Manie Libbok? What if the bench in a 5-3 formation (5 forwards, 3 backs) suddenly changed to a 6-2 formation at the last moment? « Unless there is an injury or a sick player, we will not change the lineup. Don’t worry, » reassured Mzwandile Stick, the South African backs coach, with a smile.

Ce jeu de déstabilisation n’est pas sans déplaire à Fabien Galthié. Le sélectionneur est conscient que le sommet de ce dimanche va se jouer sur la stratégie. Cette dernière a sûrement été modifiée ces deux derniers jours, étant donné le profil d’équipe a priori plus joueur que prévu dans l’esprit du staff tricolore.

We were reflecting, like them, on what they could suggest to us.

« I cannot reword »

« I cannot reword »

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