Turkey – France: France Punished For Weak Possession Game (2-0)
France had the majority of possession, yet ended the game without a shot on target. This was the result of a weak possession game which Turkey’s disciplined defense found easy to repel. As well as not being able to break Turkey down, France were punished at the other end from a set piece and defensive errors as Turkey were two goals up by half-time. Second half substitutes for France improved them somewhat, but Turkey sat deep and soaked up pressure to see the game out.
Tactical analysis and match report by Josh Manley.
Turkey hosted France in the European Championship Qualifiers, with the teams level at the top of Group H having won their first two qualifying games. Turkey lined up in a 4-3-3 formation, but with some of the more known names such as Oğuzhan Özyakup, Hakan Çalhanoğlu and Cenk Tosun missing from the starting lineup.
Meanwhile France reverted to a similar blueprint to the one with which helped them become World Cup winners last year. They made two changes from the World Cup winning starting eleven in the form of Moussa Sissoko, who took up the central midfield role usually filled by the injured N'Golo Kanté in their 4-2-3-1 formation. Furthermore, Lucas Digne was deployed at left back as he was in France’s previous game against Bolivia, due to the injury to usual left back Lucas Hernández.
France's shape in possession against Turkey's 4-1-4-1 defense.
France disappointing in possession
For most of the game, when France had the ball Turkey usually settled into a medium low . . .