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Euro 2020. France – Portugal: everything for the first place – Euro 2020


Euro 2020 (group F): France – Portugal, this Wednesday (9 p.m.) in Budapest

The third group matches of the Blues under Didier Deschamps are not models of fantasy: 0-0 three times, in 2014, 2016 and 2018. But always the first place at the end. That will probably not be enough any more, except to believe that Germany, which comes from spend four in Portugal (4-2), could stumble against Hungary. At 9 p.m., under a mild temperature in Munich, with the public on its side, all that the Blues did not had for them Saturday afternoon in Budapest (1-1). We can dream or play the big odds but …

To put it simply, with a margin of error reduced to a German underperformance: France beats Portugal, it finishes first; France draws against Portugal, it finishes second; France is beaten by Portugal, it finishes third. In all three cases, it will see the round of 16 Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Faced with which opponent? This is the stake of the shock against the Portuguese. The lower the Blues finish, the more unfavorable will be the next round (Belgium or the Netherlands). At the highest, the more affordable will be the following (Switzerland or Ukraine). The intermediate option is tricky (THE 1ST OF GROUP D: ENGLAND OR CZECH REP. IN LONDON)…

The attack renewed for a click?

Hugo Lloris has the recent past on his side when he says that “from the round of 16, a whole other competition starts”, without a founded link of cause and effect. Portugal are European champions after coming out of their group by the backdoor of best third. France is world champion after having switched to the most difficult part of the table. But history does not always repeat itself.

Something has changed. In 2014, 2016 and 2018, the France team entered the field so as not to lose. In 2021, she is giving herself all the means to win by lining up her best eleven possible. He would no longer understand Pavard, off-topic against Hungary which could give way to Koundé, nor Rabiot, of a level equivalent to Tolisso each in their register. On the other hand, the attack has no equal. Coman could have made a place for himself there, as in November when the Blues had marked the spirits in Lisbon (0-1). If Griezmann was already in the game, Mbappé was forfeited and Benzema in the waiting room in Madrid.

Since there can be no room for four attackers in a France – Portugal (the reasoning also applies to the Lusitanians who could densify the environment), Coman would be sacrificed on the altar of a “GBM” who needs a click. Of a goal. Signed Benzema, signed Mbappé, both at the same time if possible and with Griezmann at the heart of the actions. The table would be perfect to validate a formula made to agree on paper and unblock the knots in the brain cluttering the mind of the Madrilenian who has been patient for 304 minutes.

Portugal and Ronaldo do well at Les Bleus

The attack seeks its points of reference that the collective already has against Portugal. The final of Euro 2016 (0-1, ap) is “a painful memory which has built the success” following in the World Cup (Lloris). It is especially the last defeat of the Blues against the gang to Ronaldo, beaten in Lisbon and held in check in October at the Stade de France (0-0). Without a miraculous tackle from Hernandez, the five-time Ballon d’Or would have finally opened its counter against the France team. Virgo in 450 minutes …

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