Euro 2020 – “The monster that scares a continent” – Why Didier Deschamps’ France is better than ever – –

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Euro 2020 – “The monster that scares a continent” – Why Didier Deschamps’ France is better than ever – –


Welcome to Inside Europe, where we give you the latest news on the continent as Euro 2020 continues.
In this edition we focus on the world champions, who started their campaign well by beating former world champion Germany 1-0 on Tuesday night.

We asked our colleague from Eurosport France, Maxime Dupuis, how good this performance was and why this French team is now better than ever…

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The plan was simple

Tuesday night, the France team beat Germany by mastering the key moments throughout the match.

The Blues did what they wanted with their first opponents in the European Championship. This team is stronger on paper, but also on the pitch, where it dictates the tempo and direction of the game.

This is the story of a team that knows where it is going, has already succeeded in bringing the world to its feet, and has the ambition to do the same with Europe. The conquest began in Germany on Tuesday.

French defender Lucas Hernandez (left) celebrates the opening goal with French striker Antoine Griezmann during the UEFA EURO 2020 Group F soccer match between France and Germany at Allianz Arena in Munich on 15 June 2021.

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In Munich, there were no complications: the world champions came, they saw, they won.

They did it according to their rules, and a scenario mastered from A to Z. And even beyond. The impression made by the Blues on the lawn of the Allianz-Arena is something fascinating.

The plan was simple: leave the ball to the Germans, wait for them and counter them. Easy. Didier Deschamps and his men executed it perfectly and, except for a decision or two on the ball, there was not much to complain about.

Best performance of the Deschamps era

The performance of the world champions was akin to a masterclass of the most accomplished teams. Perhaps the most accomplished of the Deschamps era. Nothing more. Not less.

In Russia in 2018, in Ekaterinburg against Peru (1-0) or, of course, against Belgium in Saint Petersburg (1-0), the Habs had given more than a glimpse of what they had achieved on Tuesday in Munich. Namely a team confident in its strength, disciplined to one person, waiting and hitting at the right time.

Didier Deschamps and his assistant Guy Stephan

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Against Germany, the Blues did even better, conceding virtually no chance to their opponents. Or just one, because no one is perfect. The world champions have taken it to the next level. One could argue that they have reached the ultimate level, but that would be to doubt them.

In our recent exclusive interview, Didier Deschamps explained that against the Belgians in the semi-finals of the World Cup, his team had retreated more than reasonably but that he had let it happen. Tuesday, his players set foot in concrete and erected a wall against the Germans who, it should be noted, did not necessarily disappoint. But there wasn’t much to do against this team playing cat-and-mouse with the Nationalmannschaft, inexorably luring them into their trap and, sometimes on purpose, returning the ball to them.

Become a monster that scares a continent

France was mocked by some observers and supporters – especially between competitions, which was surprising

They said that France and Deschamps have no ambition, that their approach to the game is minimalist and little in line with the individual power with which it is endowed.

Meanwhile, the France team continues to grow. A team of already crazy maturity at the World Cup where it presented a tiny average age for a future master of the world.

France vs. Germany

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France took the drug for three years until it became a monster that scared the continent before it set foot on earth.

On Tuesday, they put both feet on the meadow. And Europe is shaking.

Next stop in Budapest, Saturday against Hungary. We can not wait to be there.

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