Former Blues striker thinks Didier Deschamps’ team has the “firepower” to go to the end of Euro 2020
The Blues are presented as the favorites to win Euro 2020, Didier Deschamps having named a star team for the tournament as they look to do better than their final appearance five years ago.
Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann, Kingsley Coman, Olivier Giroud, Ousmane Dembele, Wissam Ben Yedder and Karim Benzema all made the final cut, with Papin being impressed with the offensive riches available to Deschamps.
What was said?
The former French international told a German publication Suddeutsche Zeitung: “We have seven musketeers in attack. There is enough firepower. “
Papin added on the return of Real Madrid star Benzema to Deschamps after six years in exile: “If you are one of the best players in Europe, then you have your place in the national team. .
“For me, he was the most consistent striker in Europe alongside Robert Lewandowski.
“Whether with or without Benzema, no piece of the puzzle was missing. Benzema is a plus – like a wild card. “
Who will play France in the group stage?
France will open their final European Championship campaign with a Group F heavyweight clash against Germany at the Allianz Arena in Munich on Tuesday night.
The reigning world champions will then look forward to the matches against Hungary and Portugal, who beat them in the 2016 final, as they tried to advance to the round of 16.
Papin on the Mbappé and Giroud fault
The only issue threatening to derail France at the moment is the growing tension between Mbappe and Giroud following their final warm-up victory over Bulgaria last Tuesday.
Giroud accused his teammates of not passing the ball to him after the 3-0 win, with Mbappe going on to express his displeasure with the Chelsea star for publicly criticizing him.
Papin is certain that Deschamps will be able to reestablish relations between the two, having seen how hard he can be during their playing days together in Marseille in the 1980s.
“Deschamps has so much experience that I trust him to deal with it,” he said. “He was more than just a player. He was someone who attracted everyone.
“He spoke a lot and almost everything he said made sense. This gave him a natural authority which he retained as a coach. “