June 16, 2021

GROUP F | France: Redeem Paris with the World in Your Hands :: zerozero.pt

With the start of Euro 2020 just around the corner, it’s time to meet all 24 teams that will participate in the biggest national team tournament on the Old Continent. During the days before kick-off, zerozero presents you with the profile of each team, as well as its figure and coach.

It’s hard to talk about Euro 2020 and not look at the France as the big favorite to lift the trophy at Wembley and join the conquest of Europe to the world title won in Russia in 2018. Didier Deschamps has, in the literal sense of the word, an authentic national team, with world’s top players in all positions. It gets to be a huge challenge to put yourself in the coach’s shoes and choose an eleven, there are so many options.

Names on paper don’t win games, to be sure, but opinion seems to be consensual when it comes to choosing who starts first. Since the home heartbreak at the hands of Portugal in 2016, the Gauls have been crowned world champions and are now returning to the Euro to regain a title that has escaped since 2000, curiously with the current coach on the field.

Baffling fluidity of play

Not only of individual quality (which is a lot, it must be said) lives this selection. Deschamps has a concrete idea and benefits from excellent performers to take it from the tactical framework to the pitch. Furthermore, it is important to highlight the ability to change game rhythms in one click. In supported construction, with a lot of ball possession and territorial presence in the opponent’s midfield, or in transition, with sprinters in front, these Blues are capable of a little bit.

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The main piece that connects the midfield and the attack wears shirt 7. Antoine Griezmann it is, in the space behind the two most advanced men, a man with no defined space, who retreats to pick up the game and meet his colleagues in depth, if he so chooses. With Mbappé, the great certainty (no longer just a promise) of world football, always ready to take off and leave behind an eventual higher defense, long passes are a deadly weapon for this team. When the opponent retreats, spaces are reduced, but the ability to force imbalances with a lot of people in the area opens the way to the goal. the return of Benzema it’s extra help.

The whole offensive process becomes easier with men like Tolisso e Kanté in the core. Chelsea’s European champion is tireless, able to cover spaces and regain possession in high positions. He is experiencing one of the best moments of his career and it is impossible to ignore his presence on the field. There is still Paul Pogba, which despite the inconsistency, still has the talent recognized by everyone.

The best way to submit a title application is with a very secure defense and France fulfills this requirement. As usual, the coach builds his team with more defensive characteristics. Lucas Hernandez e Benjamin Pavard they were once central defenses, but they act with ease in the corridors and still offer some solutions in the offensive process. the pair Kimpembe-Varane offers all the guarantees of protection to Lloris. Overall, it is difficult to find gaps in this team.

World champions are ready to step in. In the group of death, they meet Portugal, the executioner of the last edition, in addition to a Germany still very competent at the end of a cycle and a clear Hungary outsider.