Match Preview: Andorra vs France

World Champions France will be looking to return to the winning ways when they visit Andorra in the European Qualifiers on Tuesday night.

France suffered a surprising 2-0 defeat in Turkey last Saturday, their first in the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign. Les Blues now travel to Andorra, the weakest side in the Group H.

Andorra will host the World Champions at Estadi Nacional, trying to win their first points in the European Qualifiers. They will face the French national team on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Moldova two days ago, failing to score their first goal in the qualifying campaign.

Team news

Captain, all-time top goalscorer and most capped Andorra player, Ildefons Lima is expected to lead his country in their encounter with the group favorites on Tuesday night.

The 20-year old striker Alex Martinez may start in attack, playing the most important game of his international career so far.

France will be without Chelsea midfielder N’Golo Kante, who withdrew from the squad before the game against Turkey.

Forward duo Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann showed an abysmal performance last Saturday, but are expected to lead the French national team’s attack against Andora tomorrow night.

What did the managers say

France head coach Didier Deschamps said the defeat against Turkey was ‘a good slap on the face’ after a disappointing performance in Konya.

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“When there is a collective performance like this, there is nothing to retain positive,” the 50-year-old said via Goal.

“We did not play our game against a team that played as they like, and we were not present. If we play with no intentions, even though we are world champions, this is what happens.

“We took a good slap tonight and we will analyze it. There is nothing else to say. Congratulations to Turkey and we should return to our basics.”

Stats

France and Andorra have played only three times in history, with the French national team being victorious in each one of their encounters.

Les Bleus suffered their first defeat in the European Qualifiers against Turkey on Saturday, failing to score for the first time in 2019.

Andorra haven’t tasted victory in their last 11 games, noting six draws and five defeats in the process.

They managed to score on only three of their last 17 games, winning only one competitive game in the past five years.

France’s defeat to Turkey is their only defeat in a qualifying game since June 2017 and their second in a competitive game, after losing 2-0 against the Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League back in November.

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