France (world champions) hopes that its attacking stars will finally outperform the defending champion Portugal, with the strong confrontation that will bring the two teams together at the end of the Group F competitions of the European Football Championship 2020 next Wednesday.
In its first match in the group that many consider the “death” group, the French team – the candidate for the title – dominated the game against its German counterpart, but it won with a single goal that came with friendly fire, and then its performance declined during the 1-1 draw with Hungary in the second match after that.
Mbappe, as usual, made a quick performance and lightning attacks, and pressured German Mats Hummels to unintentionally score a goal for France against his team.
The same player also set up the equalizer in the second match against Hungary, which was scored by Griezmann, while Benzema has so far failed in his attempts to score by hitting the net 30 times in 3 copies of the European finals.
But coach Didier Deschamps still believes in the capabilities and skills of the player who scored 29 goals with his team Real Madrid in all competitions this season, and returned to the national team for the first time since 2015.
Deschamps said of Benzema, “Thanks to his experience, I have no doubts about him and he has played very well, and he knows the expectations that are expected of him. But it is not only about goals.”
A draw against Portugal, who defeated France in the 2016 European Championship final, may be enough for Deschamps’ team to reach the last 16 as the group winner.
France has 4 points and is one point ahead of Germany and Portugal, while Hungary is at the bottom of the ranking by one point.
France can guarantee promotion to the next round before the start of its last match in the group stage if the results of other groups come in its favour, and it got one of the best 4 teams in third place, even if it lost the last round.
Deschamps returned to say that these three (attackers) alone cannot bear the responsibility for the front line. “It is not possible to separate their performance from that of midfielders and defenders. They did not play many matches together, and the performance can always improve.”
As for Griezmann, he feels comfortable, saying, “Every striker needs to score the first goal at the beginning of every tournament. Kylian and Karim have the opportunity. And when the first goal comes, other goals will come.”
Deschamps has other attacking options represented by Olivier Giroud, who is second in the list of top scorers for all-time roosters, along with Kingsley Coman and Wissam Ben Yedder, after Ousmane Dembele was left out of the squad earlier on Monday due to a knee injury.
After a 3-0 victory over Hungary, Portugal lost 2-4 to Germany despite coach Fernando Santos’ cautious approach, who may make some changes against France by including midfielder Renato Santos as a starter from the start instead of Bernardo Silva.
Cristiano Ronaldo remains Portugal’s best after scoring 3 goals in this edition, and is also the tournament’s all-time top scorer with 12 goals.