France put in a listless performance to draw 0-0 against the Ivory Coast in their international friendly on Tuesday. Manchester United’s Paul Pogba failed to shine, while Chelsea star N’golo Kante continued to prove his worth.
After a bright start, the hosts could not create any decent goalscoring chances against the organised Ivory Coast defence. Most of the French attacking players had an off day, while Chelsea’s summer signing N’Golo Kante and 21-year-old Adrien Rabiot impressed, with the PSG midfielder making his debut on Tuesday.
French publication France Football came down hard on the Premier League stars after the game, with Pogba and Payet among the lowest rated players.
Pogba is holding France back, France’s best midfield partnership is Kante Rabiot
— The Blue (@CalcioChelsea) November 16, 2016
N’Golo Kanté ce soir face à la Cote d’Ivoire:
102 ballons joués
96,4% de passes réussies
8 ballons récupérés (Via @equipedefrance) pic.twitter.com/1iluWznMBJ
— PassionFootball Club (@PassionFootClub) November 15, 2016
Just a matter of time before Payet moves to PSG.
— Nickie Iskandar (@nickiebey) November 16, 2016
Koscielny rested tonight. Amen, Deschamps.
— Pádraig 〽️ (@VintageOzil) November 15, 2016
Koscielny is on the field for second half. With the armband. Proud #FRACIV
— Groover (@GrooverBlog) November 15, 2016
Meanwhile Didier Deschamps has kindly made Dimitri Payet play 180 mins for France during his break from the Hammers
— TheWestHamWayCoUk (@WestHamWaycouk) November 15, 2016
BENOIT COSTIL MAIS OUI !!! #Costil2018 #FRACIV pic.twitter.com/5dO5ny76ox
— 3èmeMiTemps (@3emeMi_Temps) November 15, 2016
The French national team in 2016:
Top Scorers: Antoine Griezmann & Olivier Giroud – 8 goals.
Don’t know what sport you’ve been watching if you can’t accept that Kante has been the best midfielder in the world since August 2015.
— El Patron (@BeIgianMaestro) November 15, 2016
— Get French Football (@GFFN) November 15, 2016
— Moad (@moad_bvb) November 15, 2016
Nabil Fekir. Remember the name.
— Young Genna (@uk3ba) November 15, 2016
Rabiot is playing like he’s been around for years. So mature for his age.
— Coco8️⃣ (@LanaDawood) November 15, 2016
Si Matuidi tente cette passe il se fait les croisés. #FRACIV pic.twitter.com/NGq83TLvl8
— La SMAcadémie (@La_SMAcademie) November 15, 2016
.@LucasDigne and @Serge_aurier #FRACIV pic.twitter.com/PK29F6M33c
— Football 24/7 (@foet247Africa) November 15, 2016
Kante or Rabiot for MOTM imo
— Zid (@ZidGeezer) November 15, 2016
Rabiot World Class quel babtou solide.
— Il Imperatore™ (@Sao__Tao) November 15, 2016
@Serge_aurier et les Elephants, chauds bouillants dans les vestiaires. Reportage avec #Aurier dimanche dans @CanalFootClub pic.twitter.com/iuLV8qm1xD
— raphaeldomenach (@raphaeldome) November 15, 2016
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