- Euro 2020 (group F): Hungary v France, this Saturday (3 p.m.)
- 1 His image
- 2 His bench
- 3 His experience
- 4 Its variety of game system
- 5 His domination over the little ones
In 2018, the France team was a favorite among many. It was necessary that Germany, Spain, Brazil or England get their feet in the carpet very early for the Blues to inherit the costume. And until the semi-final against Belgium, the forecasts were quite mixed. Before Euro 2020, things have changed a lot. France is the most regularly cited contender for victory, with England, which is popular with bookmakers. The success as a boss, Tuesday in Germany (1-0), did not weaken the rating of the Blues. On the contrary.
The bench of the France team is more supplied and qualitative than at the World Cup. The expansion of the squad to 26 instead of 23 counted, but that’s not the main reason. The attacking bench is impressive. The return of Benzema pushed on the sidelines Giroud, who had no natural lining in 2018. The second top scorer in the history of the Blues sits with Ben Yedder, another center forward, Coman, Dembélé and Thuram . In another sector, the density is higher: the replacements for the right (Koundé and Dubois) and left (Digne) side are operational. In 2018, Sidibé and Benjamin Mendy were trailing an injury.
“There is an additional experience for some players because the workforce has nevertheless evolved well in three years”, underlined before the Euro captain Hugo Lloris. He (34) was already in his prime in 2018, but several executives have gained weight: Pogba, very good at 25 at the World Cup, appears, at 28, even more mature in his game. Mbappé is three years older. 22 years old is no longer 19, even when you are precocious … Coman (package in 2018) and Dembélé, two ex-hopes regularly injured, have grown up. Rabiot has grown up, accepting to put his positioning on the field after the collective interest. All the players took three years. The added maturity without the weight of age: apart from Lloris and Giroud, the entire workforce is 33 years old or less.
Since the World Cup, the 4-2-3-1 is no longer the steadfast organization opposed to the opponents. Didier Deschamps tested different things (the 4-4-2 diamond, the 3-5-2, the 4-3-3, which has his favors at the moment). In all forms, the France team has posted interesting things (and others less) which may suggest that no system has been condemned on the way. Variety added.
Remember Peru. Remember Denmark. Remember… (multiple choice box). The French team built its conquest in 2018 on the same mold. Intractable. Against Peru, the second group match of the World Cup, the Blues had less the ball (44%) and exchanged fewer passes (396 against 513) than the South Americans. The last few months have shown that the world champions have evolved in the way they play against the “small” nations. Wales (ten, that’s right) and Bulgaria were good repeats. Hungary for a confirmation, this Saturday?
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