The France team challenges Germany this Tuesday in Munich (9 p.m.) for its first match of the Euro. True poster of group F, the confrontation should come to an end if we trust the confidence of the supporters of the Blues who make them the big favorites of the meeting and the continental tournament because of their collective strength and their stars.
“Football is a game that is played eleven against eleven, and in the end, it is Germany who wins” said Gary Lineker, a bit disillusioned facing the domination of the Mannschaft in 1990. 31 years later, the ‘Germany remains a great nation in the world of football but seems to be less afraid of the French supporters before the entry into contention of the Blues in the Euro this Tuesday in Munich. Faced with the proteges of Joachim Löw, the group of Didier Deschamps is presented as favorite by many observers and fans in France.
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France is world champion
At a time when France is making its debut in the Euro, it is impossible to forget the memory of the World Cup. The euphoria of the victory acquired in Russia three years ago is still palpable among the French supporters.
Raphaël Varane’s partners are reigning world champions and that really means something. Since the World Cup, the Blues have lost only three games out of the 36 disputed (against the Netherlands, Turkey and Finland).
Above all, the young workforce of 2018 has gained experience and maturity. Individually, each of the Globalists still present seems to have made progress. The Blues are favorites and assume it. So much so that the idea of a fantastic World Cup-Euro double, as in 1998-2000, seems feasible.
“There is this status of world champion but there are very big nations, other favorites too, however, recalled captain Hugo Lloris last week. At a very high level, if we do not show humility , we can pay a lot of money for it. “
The tricolor armada is scary with Benzema
With the Giroud-Griezmann-Mbappé trio, the France team was crowned world champion in 2018. This year, Didier Deschamps chose to recall the banished Karim Benzema. With the return of the Real Madrid striker, the Blues may have the best attacking trident of the Euro. There is certainly no lack of quality with these three and their technical relationship seems most promising. In the opinion of some like the legend Michel Platini, the France team has probably never had such a strong attack in its entire history.
“I think this trio scares others. These are three players who can make a difference at any time,” said the former UEFA boss and playing master of the Blues with RMC Sport in early June. I think that in the history of French football, I’m not sure we’ve had one like that. Maybe Kopa, Piantoni and Fontaine scoring goals but that was in 1958. “
And if the titular trio were to disappoint during this Euro, Didier Deschamps does not lack a solution to make them breathe. In the offensive sector, France will have great assets on the bench with Olivier Giroud, Kingsley Coman, Ousmane Dembélé, Wissam Ben Yedder or Marcus Thuram.
But beware, at the 2002 World Cup, the Blues had not scored a single goal despite an attack made up of Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet, Djibril Cissé or Youri Djorkaeff and Sylvain Wiltord.
A very complete team
Ligue 1 coaches like to point out throughout the season: the main thing in a team is balance. With the Blues it’s the same and the risk of rushing in attack does exist. But to focus only on the offensive stars would be an insult to the other players in this tricolor group.
In midfield, for example, N’Golo Kanté is coming off a remarkable season with Chelsea and again impressed in the Champions League. Adrien Rabiot has settled among the regular holders at Juventus and Corentin Tolisso is also at Bayern when he is not injured. Sometimes intermittent with Manchester United in the Premier League, Paul Pogba shows great consistency in the jersey flanked by the rooster and inspires his partners thanks to his leadership qualities.
The defense is not left out either with side (Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Lucas Digne) who continue the big games with their clubs. During Sergio Ramos’ ideal at Real Madrid, Raphaël Varane is very complementary within the tricolor hinge with Presnel Kimpembe. Their replacements (Clément Lenglet, Kurt Zouma and Jules Koundé) also evolve among top names from the Old Continent.
At the microphone of RMC Sport, Michel Platini summed up the situation quite simply: “I think that the France team, today, is above everyone. Either by its individualities and also by the very large number of players who can play in the national team, again analyzed the hat-trick winner of the Ballon d’Or. I think Didier Deschamps has an extraordinary field of players. The difficulty is to find the eleven in this whole lot of very great players. I think that the France team is the most complete of all. “
French supporters believe it
Between the return of Karim Benzema, the explosion of Kylian Mbappé or the recent results of this France team, the French supporters seem more than ever to believe in a final victory for the Blues on July 11 at Wembley. In a survey carried out by Odoxa for RTL before the Euro, 62% of French people surveyed saw Didier Deschamps’ proteges to be sacred.
Popular support even rose to 88% among football fans. Likewise, 51% of French people surveyed felt that the Blues were the best team in the world (76% among football fans). A craze that also seems to have seized the bookmakers who make France the main favorite in summer competition ahead of England and Belgium.
A few hours before his entry into the running against Germany, Kylian Mbappé himself recognized that this popular and media support was a pleasure to see. As well as this status of favorite fully assumed.
“No, that’s not a bad word,” said the striker in an interview with RTL. People and the media have long been criticized for not supporting us, for not having enthusiasm. Now that they We can’t blame them. Of course, having the whole country behind us, we’re very satisfied. “
The France team seems well armed before challenging Germany in Munich on Tuesday evening. History that the craze around the Blues does not fall, it should not be missed for this first match of the Euro. Although, some would not necessarily be against a call to order that would prevent overconfidence for the rest of the competition.