Present at a press conference on the eve of the shock against France, Wednesday (9 p.m.), Fernando Santos confided all the good he thought of the French collective. The Portuguese coach warned his players, not stopping only on the offensive qualities of the trinomial made up of Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema.
The offensive qualities of the France team are not the only ones to scare. After stumbling over Hungary on Saturday (1-1), the Blues will try to bounce back against Portugal this Wednesday in a shock that remains important.
Already qualified for the round of 16, Antoine Griezmann and his teammates will be assured of first place if they win. In the event of a draw and Germany’s success against Hungary, they will finish second. And if there is a defeat, the Blues will probably have to settle for third place.
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Present at a press conference on the eve of the match, the Portuguese coach, Fernando Santos, does not want his players to have eyes only for the tricolor attack. The 66-year-old technician fears the qualities of the French collective.
“I don’t want to compare the attacks. Football is not a 3 against 3. It is played at 11 against 11. France has a great team. If it only had a great attack and defended poorly… but “She has so many talents. Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, they are top quality players. They are talented, run on all the balls. And the offensive players are fast, good one on one. France has a lot of quality.” Of course Mbappé, Griezmann and Benzema have talent. But the France team has quality players in all positions. But we also have fast players, who know how to defend. “
A change in the compositions of the two teams?
After being swept away by Germany this weekend (2-4), Portugal will also be revenge against France. Joao Felix will be at the disposal of his coach in Budapest, although he is unlikely to start the meeting.
In the middle, Renato Sanches could well take the place of Bernardo Silva. The Lille has shown himself to his advantage in his last two entries into the game and is applying for a starting place.
For his part, Didier Deschamps is thinking about the possibility of aligning Corentin Tolisso and Jules Koundé for the last match of Group F of Euro 2021. A reflection exists on the physical state of Benjamin Pavard and the defender of Sevilla FC could well replace it on the right side. Absent against Hungary, Lucas Hernandez should find him the left lane instead of Lucas Digne.