One month before the start of the Euro (June 11-July 11), some executives of the France team are seriously increasing, like N’Golo Kanté, freed from his physical glitches and sparkling in the Ligue des champions.
Level alignment of the planets, difficult to do better. For some, it is even the favorite animal of Didier Deschamps, which comes back to the tip of its nose at the best of times. One month before the start of the Euro (June 11-July 11), some of the French team’s captains are gradually regaining their best level. Far from shapeless, far from wounds. This is at least the case for three executives of the French group: N’Golo Kanté, Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann. The first has just disgusted Real Madrid in the semi-final second leg of the Champions League, by being decisive on the two goals of his team, in line with his last performances with Chelsea. Lung of the Blues, perfect link between defense and attack, and tireless worker, he shone against the Merengues (2-0), Wednesday night, proving Thomas Tuchel right to leave him at the heart of the game. the balloons and does not hesitate to project to bring the surplus. Totally charmed, Chelsea supporters even accompanied his exit from the stadium with an intoxicating guard of honor.
Kanté cleared of his wounds
This almost perfect match confirmed the return to the forefront of the former Caennais (30 years), in the end of a season punctuated by some physical glitches and copies not always completed under the orders of Frank Lampard. Excellent news for his club, future opponents of Manchester City in the Champions League final, and for Deschamps, of course. The Blues will need a 100% Kanté to extricate themselves from a tough group F which will see them face in turn Germany (15/06), Hungary (19/06) and Portugal (23 / 06). “He is used to the very high level. He does not spare himself. With a little experience, he learns to manage himself. He is not a robot, he had periods when he was a little less well” , noted Deschamps in March. He must also be reassured by the state of form of Pogba, his other centerpiece in the midfield. Connected to alternating current since his comeback at Manchester United five years ago, the “Pickaxe” (28) does not yet work on England.
Pogba is gaining momentum
It would take more consistency, and sometimes more sobriety in his game, to silence the critics about him. But the level which has been his for two months gives cause for optimism. “When you see Paul playing like he did against Milan it shows how much we mean to him, how much he likes to play and what he can bring us,” said Ole Gunnar Solskjaer after a success at San Siro in the Europa League (1-0), March 18. Entering the break, after a month spent in the infirmary, Pogba immediately made the difference with a goal full of composure. More recently, he also shone against Tottenham (3-1) in the Premier League or again in the Europa League against AS Rome (6-2) in the semi-final first leg. His injuries increased his hunger. And his talent remains the same. The proof that burying the ex-Turinese is rarely a good idea, he who is never as comfortable as in these meetings where he can enjoy freedom of movement and express his creativity. It is up to him to confirm in the coming days to help Manchester United triumph in the Europa League, while locking in second place in the Premier League.
Griezmann should not be buried
As if he was remotely motivated by the services of Pogba, to whom he is very close, Griezmann (30) also lives one of his best periods in club, to the point of making forget in Spain the debates on his supposed disagreement with Lionel Messi. His efficiency speaks for him with seven goals scored in his last nine games in all competitions (19 goals and 12 assists in total in 2020-2021). His confidence returned at the same time as his ability to improve the game of his team. But also to speed up the tempo when necessary, find a partner on an inspiration and make yourself available for recovery. Griezmann has been on his feet since March and it shows. “I have always been delighted with him, with his work. He improves his finish and plays a major role, enthusiastic Ronald Koeman, last month, after the successful double by Griezmann on the field of Villarreal (2-1) in the league. We need players like him. ” The same goes for the France team.