Un trio de talents offensifs remarquables – Kylian Mbappé, Antoine Griezmann, Karim Benzema (sans oublier la doublure Olivier Giroud) – constitue une aubaine toute-puissante pour la campagne de la France Euro 2021. FRANCE 24 se penche sur les perspectives de cette force de frappe qui emmènera les Bleus jusqu'au bout. </p><div> <p>Le score de 1-0 lors du match d'ouverture victorieux de la France contre l'Allemagne était trompeur, car l'attaque française a aiguisé l'appétit des fans de football pour le tour suivant, avec un rythme déchirant et des passes incisives. Les Bleus méritaient une feuille de match bien plus généreuse qu'un seul but contre son camp de Mats Hummels.
Although they turned out to be offside, Mbappé and Benzema showed perfect mastery of two disallowed goals. In particular, Mbappé has shown how three years of experience have honed his raw talent since the Blues’ victory in the 2018 World Cup, notably with a perfectly timed race and positioned to take advantage of an impeccable pass from Paul Pogba on a lacerated French counter-attack. , setting up Benzema (who was, alas, offside).
The Griezmann-Benzema-Mbappé trio had only played together as the Euro approached. But so far, they’ve shown the right chemistry.
The Blues were the deadliest on the counterattack, letting their opponents take possession like a coil spring before popping up – reminiscent of the approach Sir Alex Ferguson’s Manchester United perfected in big Champions League games in their prime from the late 2000s.
Here, Mbappé’s slashing pace was the most dangerous – especially because he has now perfected the art of combining it with delicate skills on the ball to confuse defenders.
Experts were right to predict that Mbappé would become one of the best players on the planet when he burst onto the World Cup scene three years ago. His record of 78 goals in 80 games for PSG speaks for itself.
Perhaps more importantly, the 22-year-old has shown the kind of determination under pressure that can help teams get through tough times in the later stages of big tournaments: Mbappé has been Ligue 1’s top scorer with 27 goals during a sometimes hectic season for PSG. , who were overthrown from their status as eternal victors by hair-raising giant slayers from Lille.
The bike kick from Griezmann’s manual
On the other side of Mbappé’s lawn, on the left wing of the French attack, Antoine Griezmann is another giant of the game who has shown great perseverance for his club. Griezmann spent five years at Atletico Madrid – the workers’ side in Spain’s capital that have long fought to supplant aristocratic and better-endowed rival Real. Despite some extraordinary players, Atletico failed to break through during this period; the Europa League was the only trophy they won.
Yet Griezmann has loyally persisted there in the face of repeated speculation that he will move to a bigger and wealthier club – while cementing his status as one of the best footballers playing today, combining a creative flair to create goals for others with the clinical finishing skills that have given him 94 goals in 180 appearances for Atletico.
When Griezmann was finally transferred to Barcelona for € 120million in 2019, the 30-year-old stressed that it was out of a desire to learn new skills from the Catalans’ smooth passing play, telling reporters: “I didn’t leave Atletico for money [or] to win the Champions League or to win more trophies. I left to learn a new style of play, new philosophies.
There is no doubt that Griezmann is showing Les Bleus the same level of dedication. He was named man of the match for his extraordinary performance in their 4-2 final victory over Croatia – most notably with his masterful pass to Paul Pogba, creating the third goal despite the unfavorable positioning of France at the time.
Next, Griezmann showed he intended to deliver the same quality of performance at Euro, with a splendid bicycle kick to the back of the net as the ball unexpectedly bounced towards him during the game. friendly warm-up against Bulgaria.
Giroud the ‘kart’?
Karim Benzema was the player everyone expected to perform ahead of France’s 3-0 victory over Bulgaria. The 33-year-old Real Madrid forward is undoubtedly one of the best strikers of his generation – with almost flawless positioning and shooting skills, as evidenced by his 192 goals in 383 games for the Giants Spanish.
But many were surprised that the French coach Didier Deschamps included him in the Blues team for the Euro. Ahead of the 2018 World Cup, Deschamps said he “only selects players who are able to form a cohesive unit”. This meant that Benzema was still absent. Deschamps had excluded him from Euro 2016 because of his alleged role in a blackmail scandal. At the time, Benzema, of Algerian family origin, accused Deschamps of “bowing to a racist part of France”. Deschamps dismissed the charge and recently told reporters that he had “not forgotten” what Benzema had said.
Benzema sparked new controversy last year when he compared himself to ‘Formula 1’ and Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud to a ‘go-kart’ last year. Giroud is an often underrated player who had little playing time for Chelsea last season, despite his selfless performances which greatly contributed to France’s victory in the 2018 World Cup. But the “go-kart” has had the last laugh against the Real Madrid forward – for now – when he replaced an injured Benzema in the center of France’s three-way attack in the 39th minute of the game against Bulgaria: Giroud scored a brace after getting off the bench.
Giroud must be careful to manage his relations with his French attacking compatriots. Mbappé was notably absent during the celebrations of Giroud’s first goal against Bulgaria. French football fans quickly understood why when tensions between the two hit the media last weekend. “I was calm because sometimes you race and the balls just don’t come,” Giroud told L’Équipe TV.
Mbappé said at a press conference that he was “a little affected” by Giroud’s words: “I saw him in the locker room, I congratulated him on his goals, he didn’t tell me anything. I heard about it in the press. It is more important than what he said; he didn’t say anything bad.
But Giroud has already shown that the Blues are much more focused on winning the trophy than on satisfying the media with disputes. As reporters pointed out Benzema’s derogatory remarks earlier this month, Giroud told French daily Le Figaro that winning the Euro is the important thing – and that he and Benzema “will celebrate it with a kart race”.