After the first period against Portugal, there is no doubt that the supporters of the Blues trembled. Despite a qualification acquired before the meeting, Didier Deschamps’ players were expected to raise their level of play and dominate Portugal which, for its part, was a little in distress after the correction inflicted by Germany a few days earlier. (2-4).
But, in the first period, the Blues were outclassed and owe their return only to a very generous penalty obtained by Kylian Mbappé and transformed by Karim Benzema. But that’s about all. La Seleção was superior in almost all areas: shots (7 against 4), possession (51%), number of passes (325 against 312), successful dribbling (50% against 25%) and especially duels won (29 against 19).
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Good second against Portugal, good first against Hungary
In the second half, the balance of power was reversed and the Habs were superior in most statistics except for duels (18 against 13) and successful dribbles (63% against 40%). From there to be worried? If it was only one game it would be fine, but since the start of the competition, the Blues have shown two faces. Often during both periods.
Caricaturing it a little bit, you could say that they had a very good first half against Hungary, with chances and play on the move. But the second was a little less good as the stress had to mount to the head and there was, as the final whistle approached, less and less time to equalize.
A rather controlled Germany
The first confrontation, that against Germany, is more complicated to analyze and especially the most successful of the Blues so far. Why this difficulty of analysis? Because we found the World Champions in a pattern they appreciate: leaving the ball and countering. But, once again, we were able to observe two very distinct things.
In the first act, perhaps they showed more things offensively than in the second. But, while the Mannschaft were trying everything to get back into the game (they were down 1-0), we saw some nice offensive combinations in the counterattack. The Blues have also scored two goals, refused for offside to the millimeter and above all, they could possibly have obtained a penalty for a Hummels foul on Mbappé.
Anyway, this Monday (9 p.m., Bucharest), Didier Deschamps’ players will have to face a very compact Switzerland defensively and probably more comfortable against than Hungary. This time, it will be necessary to play at 100% and during both halves to avoid being surprised and especially to qualify for the quarter-finals of the competition.