France's defensive system looks really weird. There's unmarked players between the lines but I guess they're shut down fast enough that it doesn't matter. The other thing is that when Germany have the ball in their own half France are pressing with 3-4 players but keeping a mid block.
Kroos now moving outside a bit to have more time on the ball and allow Gundogan to have more space to operate.
Serious props to Lucas and Rabiot. They're shutting everything down on that flank going up against Kimmich and some strong attackers. If I'm Germany I try and move Gnabry around to find a 1v1 in space, drop Haavertz a bit deeper to help out Kroos with some combos, and keep Muller buzzing around the CBs to keep them off the others. If I'm France, I give Kante whatever the hell he wants.
We've reached the point where any all-time starting XI has to include Kante and the base of the midfield. No one has ever done the job better, and he allows everyone else in his side so much more freedom and confidence.
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