It was clear France manager Didier Deschamps had made a big call when the teamsheet for their Euro2016 clash with Albania was revealed and there was no sign of Paul Pogba or Antoine Griezmann.
For one thing, he angered a lot of fantasy football players.
-- Tanner, Lewis. (@lewisadamtanner) June 15, 2016
Euro Fantasy team in absolute disarray after the dropping of Greizmann and Pogba ? you're killing me Deschamps ? #FRA
-- Doug Groves (@doug_groves) June 15, 2016
Hope France lose after dropping Pogba & Griezmann and that's got absolutely nothing to do with the fact that they're both in my fantasy team
-- Craig Gamble (@craig_gamble93) June 15, 2016
But the thing was, once the disappointment of those missed fantasy points receded, fans were left to digest the fact that France still had a really awesome team.
Here's what they look like without their two best players.
-- UEFA EURO 2016 (@UEFAEURO) June 15, 2016
In fact, it seemed to the moment a lot of people suddenly started to take notice of the hosts.
France have got such a quality squad
-- chAli G (@gingell_charlie) June 15, 2016
France's squad depth is second to none.
-- ? (@SimplyKun) June 15, 2016
That French squad is actual filth.
-- Matt Holt Tips (@MattHoltTips) June 15, 2016
There were just two problems.
One was the heart of France's defence.
For all the Varanes, Zoumas, and Laportes they have, France had the fate of starting Euro 2016 with Adil Rami. ?
-- Fiaz Hamsath (@fiazhamsath) June 15, 2016
Do not trust Rami at all
-- ? (@rvpisarapist) June 15, 2016
Nobody was convinced that Adil Rami was up to scratch.
-- PSG Tourist (@PSGTourist) June 15, 2016
The second problem was that they just weren't playing very well as they reached half-time goalless.
0 - #FRAALB is the first EURO game without shots on target at the HT since Romania-France in 2008. Calm.
-- OptaPaolo (@OptaPaolo) June 15, 2016
That was poor from France. Sluggish build-up play, no midfielders getting forward in advance of Giroud. More width, OK, but little from it.
-- Michael Cox (@Zonal_Marking) June 15, 2016
France: Have now failed to score in the opening 45 mins in 8 of their last 9 matches at the European Championship finals #FRA
-- WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) June 15, 2016
Hmmmmm. Maybe it's not such a good idea to drop your two best players after all.