Belgium. “He is our X factor”: Doku, the Belgians’ number 1 weapon against the Blues?

Belgium. “He is our X factor”: Doku, the Belgians’ number 1 weapon against the Blues?
Belgium. “He is our X factor”: Doku, the Belgians’ number 1 weapon against the Blues?

Pep Guardiola himself only says good things about it. Jérémy Doku, Belgian winger for Manchester City, who played at Stade Rennais and who will face the French team this Monday (6 p.m.) in the round of 16 of Euro 2024, has taken on a new dimension this season in the North of France. ‘England.

A rapid leap forward that surprised even at home. So much so that in Germany, he became the number one offensive weapon to create imbalance. In one-on-one, he is quite exceptional. We are counting on him to make the difference. explains Benjamin Deceuninck, football manager and commentator on the RTBF.

2 goals and 9 assists

In the country of Jacques Brel, we are even beginning to dare to draw a parallel with a legend. He does, in his own way since it is not exactly the same profile, what Eden Hazard did in his heyday. continues the journalist. He is our X factor. The one who can swing the match believes, for his part, Jonathan Lange, editor-in-chief of sports at the Last houra Belgian daily newspaper.

A tireless dribbler (22 since the start of the competition), the native of Borgerhout displays honest statistics with Belgium (2 goals and nine assists in 22 selections) but not up to the level of his dazzling performances.

At 22, like any young player, he must improve both offensively and defensively. For example, he is responsible, but not guilty, for the goal conceded against Slovakia. He is still in difficulty in certain matches, notably when the opposing team sets up a two-handed hold. At the same time, you would have to be suicidal to leave him one on one thinks Jonathan Lange.

Doku must also learn to vary his dribbling. On the left side facing Tymchyk and Zabarnyi, Ukrainian defenders, he rarely passed. Against Jules Koundé, a priori starter on the right side with the France team, he will have an even more formidable defender in front of him.

“We expect a lot from him”

The offensive key to the match for the Belgians will probably lie in this duel. We expect a lot from him. I think that in this match, France has the antidote to two of the three Belgian powers. Upamecano and Saliba are athletically solid to meet the physical challenge imposed by Romelu Lukaku. To muzzle De Bruyne, there is Kanté. Doku is therefore our main weapon to unbalance the defense of the Blues analyzes the journalist of the Last hour.

Like Ousmane Dembélé with the Blues, Jérémy Doku still lacks precision in the final move. Once he makes the difference, it often ends without a chance. It’s quite frustrating regrets Benjamin Deceuninck. Let’s hope for the Blues that he doesn’t become decisive on Monday.

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