A few hours from France-Switzerland in the round of 16 of Euro 2021 Monday (9 p.m.) in Bucharest, Jean-Michel Larqué is not kind to the Nati, an opponent within the reach of the world champions for the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport.
“I have a lot of respect for this Swiss team. They are a very, very good team, it is not for nothing that they are ranked 13th in the Fifa rankings.” This is the speech of Didier Deschamps Sunday on the eve of the round of 16 of Euro 2021 between the France team and the Nati, Monday evening (9 p.m.) in Bucharest. The coach of the Blues has never been the type to take his opponents down. Nor even to dare some criticism.
“It’s a bit aging”
On paper, however, the world champions are largely favorites to win their ticket for the quarter-finals (they would face the winner of Spain-Croatia). Third in its group behind Italy and Wales, the Nati has a mixed record (one victory, one draw, one defeat). For Jean-Michel Larqué, the Swiss team has nothing to impress Mbappé and his partners: “It’s an average team, judges the member of the Dream Team RMC Sport. We have often met them during the last competitions. She had other qualities. She undoubtedly had other advantages. It’s a bit aging like Shaqiri (29 years old), Seferovic (29 years old) and Rodriguez (28 years old). “
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Di Meco “rather confident”
“The knockout matches are always a trap, tempers Eric Di Meco, our consultant on The Indian Paper. We must not be afraid of this team but be wary. It is a team which is weaker than us but we are world champions. , let’s not forget. But it’s a team that likes to play, to have the ball and which will therefore be fully in our strengths since we will be able to counter these Swiss. I’m pretty confident. When the knockout matches arrive, the team is better. It’s a competition machine that we have in our hands, “concludes Eric Di Meco.