Phillipe Bergeroo took the calculated gamble to rest many players and give four players their first start in the competition in order to keep everybody fresh for the quarter-final and give important minutes to those who had not played so far.
Delannoy, Karchaoui, Lavogez and Thomis got their first start in the competition and Gerard the back-up goalie is now the only players without a minute on the pitch.
Those are the most likely starting 11 number:
It’s good to note that only 3 players have played 100% of the 3 matches game time : Renard, Houara and Bouhaddi.
In third, fourth and fifth place Henry at 93.6%, Cadamuro at 92.5% and Bussaglia at 91.4% of the maximum game time.
Then there is a clear drop in the number of minutes played : Abily 69.2%, M’Bock Bathy and Majri at 66.7%, those two players were under threat of suspension had they been booked against New-Zealand. Diani comes next with 62.9% and then Le Sommer with 51.8% who will be therefore well rested before the Canada game.
For the remaining seven subs
Delie post a similar number of minutes played than Le Sommer coming off early in the last game due to injury with 50.3%
Thomis played 44.5% of the maximum game time, she seems to have been moved to the super-sub role for the tournament.
Lavogez with 41.4% is also a regular sub and saw the pitch in the three games.
Karchaoui and Delannoy got a game in the squad roatation keeping them sharp if needed at any time during the knock-out stage with 33.3%
Hamraoui with 9.6% is a tactical sub at defensive midfield to help the team in certain situation, but can also be a starter on the day if Henry is injured and a pure defensive midfield profile is needed.
Gerard the back-up goalie has 0% game time as expected even if, she might be a better goalie than Bouhaddi.
With a short turnaround of two days between games that squad rotation was needed and with a tough tough game against a strong Canada team who topped their group, Bergeroo did the right thing to keep some players ut of yesterday’s game.