After France’s comprehensive 3-1 defeat at the hands of Brazil at the Stade de France, Football News gives each Les Bleus player a rating out of ten, as well as an analysis of their performance in the game:
Steve Mandanda – 7
A solid performance overall from the Marseille man. He made the saves you would expect him to, with Brazil often denied by the goalkeeper when shooting from the edge of the box, but could do little to stop the goals. Was unfortunate to see Oscar’s effort squeeze through his legs, and almost got a hand to Neymar’s powerful strike to keep it out.
Bacary Sagna – 5
Did not have one of his better games by any means yesterday. Lost Oscar on the one-two for Brazil’s opening goal and was out of position for Neymar’s goal in the second half. Struggled as well in an attacking sense to deliver crosses with any danger.
Raphael Varane – 7
Scored the only Les Bleus goal from a corner in the first half, and made some crucial challenges in defence, but was uncharacteristically poor on the ball, giving it away too often, sometimes allowing Brazil to hit Les Bleus on the counter attack.
Mamadou Sakho – 7
Whilst he never quite looks fully comfortable with his somewhat laboured style of play, he did a good job defensively, and Brazil’s attacking threat largely came down the side of Sagna and Varane than Sakho and Evra. Made some crucial tackles on the edge of the French box.
Patrice Evra – 6
Whilst not particularly troubled by the attacking threat of Willian on the right, Evra lacked any attacking inspiration down his wing. Often, French attacking moves would break down at Evra’s hands. However, his defensive work was solid as usual.
Morgan Schneiderlin – 7
His rating would have been considerably higher if he was slightly better on the ball yesterday. Broke up play an endless amount of times in his defensive midfield role, but would often give it straight back to the opposition with a poor pass. He does have the talent, though, to succeed in that role for Les Bleus.
Blaise Matuidi – 5
Matuidi’s talent and importance to the French side is clear for all to see, but he did not have one of his better games against Brazil. Did not pick the ball up anywhere near as much as normal, and when he did tried to do a little bit too much. Will want to prove himself in France’s next game.
Moussa Sissoko – 6
Sissoko, in his preferred midfield role this time, was his usual powerful self. He injects something a little different for France with his direct running and ability to beat players, but I can’t help but think he is more of an impact player than a regular starter. His solid performance against Brazil, though, will do his Les Bleus chances no harm.
Mathieu Valbuena – 7
A mixed game for the little man. His delivery from set pieces was varied – his cross for Varane’s opener from a corner was exactly what you want from set pieces, but he wasted a lot of good chances as well with poor deliveries. Still, he was never afraid to get on the ball and the majority of the good play from France went through him.
Antoine Griezmann – 6
Griezmann, despite being in fantastic form for his club Atletico Madrid, has not quite reproduced that form with France yet. He showed in flashes what he can do – for example in the second half when he took on two players and had a brilliant long-range shot saved by Jefferson – but he has not done it consistently enough in a Les Bleus shirt to nail down his starting spot.
Karim Benzema – 6
You could see how much being given the captain’s armband meant to Karim Benzema, and he was very keen to get on the scoresheet and get involved in the game, but it just didn’t happen for him. Had two chances which he should have taken – one in the first half brilliantly saved by Jefferson, the other in the second which he smashes over the crossbar from 4 yards out. Huffed and puffed but unfortunately with no end result.