For Leandro Trossard, the step was too high

It must be admitted, Domenico Tedesco masters a certain art of counter-footing. As concern gradually spreads among Devils supporters, the coach has just granted his players a day off, two days after the defeat against Slovakia.

No training, no media obligations, as a crucial match against Romania looms… A duel that Leandro Trossard should experience, in all likelihood, from the reserve bench. For the Arsenal player, history is ultimately just an eternal restart. On the pitch of the Frankfurt Arena, the Limburger, once again, failed to raise the level required in a major international competition.

As against Croatia in the third group match in Qatar, Trossard had little influence on the Belgians’ offensive play. Often, he made the wrong choice, like this action where he tried to lob the Slovak goalkeeper rather than slip the ball to a much better placed Lukaku than him. This is the difference between a good player and a great player: at his best, Eden Hazard would have executed the optimal gesture a hundred times.

In competition with Doku, Bakayoko, Carrasco or Lukebakio, it will become very complicated for Trossard to find favor in the eyes of the coach… On the condition that the logic of the field is respected. In the days leading up to the match against the Slovaks, we read that Trossard was certainly going to be started… Because he was going to have a hard time starting this tournament from the bench. Sorry, but Euro football is not the school of fans… A professional player must be able to live with these frustrations.

Stay calm and dare…

If this defeat hurts, it must certainly not give way to panic or gloom. There are two games left and the Devils still have everything in their hands (or feet) to qualify. Faced with a Romanian team which will give us almost 70% of ball possession, it will perhaps not be useful to use two recovering midfielders like Mangala and Onana.

Tielemans’ footwork could do us good in this scenario. The pressure on the shoulders of coach Tedesco will in any case be great and his choices will be scrutinized and commented on. This time, he must not make a mistake and rely on the certainties forged since his arrival, without giving in to the temptation of a tactical move.

Red Devils Léandro Trossard euro 2024



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