the attack of the Blues becomes very annoying…

the attack of the Blues becomes very annoying…
the attack of the Blues becomes very annoying…

Didier Deschamps and his men may have railed against the Polish penalty given to be withdrawn when Mike Maignan had stopped it, the fate of this sad France-Poland was not decided solely on this fact of play. Once again, it It was the attack that was sinful. And if the Blues had come out against Austria (1-0) and had held out against the Netherlands (0-0), this lack of efficiency was logically fatal to a team which had to largely beat the Polish to hope to finish first in their group and avoid a very difficult part of the table for the rest. Because this evening, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé and the others clearly ate the leaf. Certainly, the opposing goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski had an XXL match (he was also voted man of the match by our editorial team), but the French missed many big scoring actions (11th, 19th, 42nd, 45th, 59th) . And what about Mbappé’s failed face-off just before the referee whistled the penalty for Poland?

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The Bondynois will always be able to console himself by telling himself that his goal would have been canceled if he had scored. However, one statistic hurts the French star. According to Opta, “Kylian Mbappé has attempted more shots without scoring than any French player at the Euro since Opta analyzed it (1980), with a total of 20 shots including 6 on target. » For an element supposed to be the offensive leader of his team… Questioned after the match, some Blues did not hide their disappointment at all these wasted actions. “Yes, frustrating, we would have liked to finish first. We didn’t put in enough tonight. we will have to settle for second place. We had everything in our hands, but we didn’t do enough. The goalkeeper was very good, but despite that, we have to do a lot better to score. We still have this problem of efficiency. It’s positive, we are qualified, we don’t yet know who we will play against. We did not achieve the objective which was first place”declared Adrien Rabiot on beIN Sportsimitated a few moments later by Bradley Barcola.

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“It’s disappointing, I’m still happy for my first. We could have done better in front of goal. We held the match. We got screwed because we didn’t score the second. But I felt good. I learned it last night (his first tenure, editor’s note), it was a big thing. It took me a while to fall asleep, I was happy. I approached this match as I approach all matches. This is already what we are doing with Ousmane (Dembélé) on the sides. If we manage to add something extra to the team, things will go better, we will have more opportunities. If we add something more collective, that’s good too. » Even Youssouf Fofana, who entered at the end of the meeting, did not hesitate to repeat it, confident that he shared Rabiot’s point of view. “Yes, given that he (Adrien Rabiot, editor’s note) played a lot. I share his sentiment, but more offensively. In the rest of the match, whether defensively or before the ball, we were pretty good.» And Deschamps in all this? The coach prefers to remain positive.

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“We did the right thing by creating opportunities to win. We could have done better in terms of efficiency, even if the goalkeeper made some very good saves. We would have liked to take cover with a two-goal lead but we weren’t able to do it.”he declared on the microphone of beIN Sportsbefore continuing in a press conference. “Obviously this is the phase to improve but it’s football too. I would be a lot more worried if we didn’t have chances. There is always room for improvement. » A speech shared by its president, Philippe Diallo. “It’s going to be a new tournament that will start, with eliminations in one match. I remain confident because the team is strong and talented. If we manage to score these little goals, because we create chances but we don’t score, I keep all my confidence in this team. » And needless to say, it will take confidence to emerge victorious from a table game with Portugal, Germany, Spain and possibly Belgium from the 8th round.

Pub. THE 25/06/2024 21:14
Update 25/06/2024 23:15

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