Laurent Blanc gave his side a defensive overhaul for their Euro 2012 quarter-final against world and European champions Spain in Donetsk on Saturday.
The France coach elected to deploy a conservative 4-3-3 formation, with right-backs Anthony Reveillere and Mathieu Debuchy doubling up on the right flank to nullify the twin threat posed by Andres Iniesta and Jordi Alba.
Spain coach Vicente del Bosque reverted to the attacking configuration deployed in the 1-1 draw against Italy, with Cesc Fabregas expected to play as a 'false nine' centre-forward after being selected ahead of Fernando Torres.
Starting line-ups for the Euro 2012 quarter-final between Spain and France at Donbass Arena in Donetsk on Saturday:
Coach: Vicente del Bosque
Coach: Laurent Blanc
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (ITA)
Source: AFP Global Edition