Qatar 2022: Why is Ousmane Dembele not starting for France vs. Tunisia?

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France take on Tunisia in their final group stage game at Qatar 2022 before they head into the knockout phase. Check out here why Ousmane Dembele is not in the starting lineup.

France are set for the knockout stages of Qatar 2022 but will first have to face Tunisia to seal their participation in the group stage. Ousmane Dembele was surprisingly not included in the starting eleven.

Les Bleus comfortably punched their ticket to the round of 16, winning their first two matches in the competition and breaking the “curse of the champions”. Now the reigning champions are set to fight for back-to-back titles.

While every game matters, Didier Deschamps knows his team will soon face tougher games. With France having already qualified for the knockout round, the manager made nine changes to the squad.

Why is Ousmane Dembele not in the starting 11 of France against Tunisia

Deschamps benched Ousmane Dembele for the Tunisia game in order to rest him, with his sights set on having him fit for the knockout stages. The Barcelona winger will get some deserved time to recover after helping France qualify for the next round.

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