France have hit upon a strange winning formula at just the right time

France’s formation against Argentina was imbalanced but it brought the best from Kylian Mbappé. Will the feelgood story continue against Uruguay’s imperious defence?

By Eric Devin for Get French Football News

There is no doubting the extent to which Kylian Mbappé announced himself on the world stage on Saturday afternoon, scoring a brace and winning a penalty in an incandescent performance as France beat Argentina 4-3 in Kazan. Even those who have followed Mbappé’s career closely from his earliest forays at Monaco did not see this coming, despite his strong performances in France’s recent set of friendlies. The 19-year-old lit up the pitch, but his manager also deserves praise for sending out the team in a shape that gave his young star a chance to shine.

Didier Deschamps has delivered a set of uneven performances since Euro 2016 as France have tried to deal with players such as Dimitri Payet, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna either retiring or becoming unavailable through injury. The players brought in to replace the older guard have begun to impress but many of them are still finding their feet. Benjamin Pavard, who had not played a competitive game for France until the World Cup, announced himself on Saturday afternoon with a contender for goal of the tournament, but the real exception among the younger generation has been Mbappé, who has wasted little time in exerting his considerable influence on a group of experienced players.

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