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While the score indicated 3-0 for Portugal, it hardly told the real story of the game. Hungary were fearless and defended bravely, but just couldn’t hold out for more than 90 minutes against a more talented side.
Considering the work that Hungary offers, the Blues can hardly afford not to match the intensity of their opponent, especially in front of an enraged public in Budapest.
“It’s a combative and hard-working team, in addition to being very well organized,” said France coach Didier Deschamps. “I think having an Italian coach explains a lot of that. They are at home and I am hoping they show the same commitment they made against Portugal. “
France have just won a fierce victory against their German European compatriots on the first day. While Die Mannschaft barely switched, at no point in the match did he seem to move away from France despite only the 1-0 lead on a goal against his side of Mats Hummels. Deschamps has found the right balance in the selection of his XI, the one he intends to keep on Saturday… perhaps.
“It might be the same team, but there could be some changes,” Deschamps said cryptically. ” You will discover [Saturday]. »
But after securing a victory in their opener, Deschamps knows that beating Hungary will take them to the round of 16. Still, he’s loath for his team to get ahead.
“The first group match is important but never decisive,” said Deschamps. “The first game was even more important here because of the group context. If we win again, we will qualify after two matches. This is our first objective. and we will take it step by step. “
An unused substitute against Germany, France will be deprived of the services of Kingsley Coman on Saturday. The Bayern Munich winger has left the squad to go on paternity leave.
Maybe no one in the Hungarian squad will be more excited to face France than Loic Nego. The Fehervar midfielder was born in Paris and represented France on several levels before moving last year to play for the senior team of Hungary. In 2010, Nego was a member of the France team that won the European Under-19 Championship alongside current Blues team member Antoine Griezmann.
“It’s indescribable,” Nego said of his feelings before Saturday. “It’s exceptional, especially for my family and friends. Being on the pitch against France will be moving. But after the whistle goes, you forget, and put it all aside, and do your best till the end.
Nego says he is also looking forward to facing his old friend Griezmann.
“Griezmann and I won the Under-19 EURO in 2010,” Nego said. “These moments will stay with me forever. He was my roommate. We were always together. It will be special to see him and not to play together but to face each other. “
Although the game against Portugal may have been a moral victory for Hungary, it was not a real victory. The Magyars know that getting something out of the game against France is a must if they intend to reach the knockout stages. But getting a point or more on Saturday might be easier said than done.
POTENTIELLE HONGRIE XI: Gulacsi; Botka, Orban, Attila Szalaï; Grande; Lovrencsics, Kleinheisler, Schafer, Fiola; Adam Szalaï, Sallaï
POTENTIAL FRANCE XI: Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kanté, Pogba, Rabiot, Griezmann; Benzema, Mbappé