This Saturday, at the beginning of the afternoon, the French had a lot to do against Hungary, in Budapest, in a full stadium. The Habs could not do better than a pitiful draw (1-1), despite possession of the ball. In front, Didier Deschamps had once again aligned his trio Griezmann-Mbappé-Benzema, but it has not yet been madness.
In the first half, we saw some beautiful sequences, but without the finish. Karim Benzema was also celebrating his fourth tenure since his return to the France team, but it is clear that he does not succeed. He is also 30 scoreless attempts between Euro 2012 and that of 2020. So, yes, he often excels in leading the game, in his zoning, and his sure technique is good. But he struggles to find the net.
30 – Since 1980, only Spaniard Andrés Iniesta (34) and Dutchman Clarence Seedorf (33) have attempted more shots without scoring at EURO than Karim Benzema (30, including 2 today). Sunstroke. # EURO2020 #FRA pic.twitter.com/khgbXfxTub
– OptaJean (@OptaJean) June 19, 2021
He keeps Deschamps’ confidence
He missed a penalty against Wales, suffered a quick injury against Bulgaria and scored an offside goal against Germany. And today ? Not much more. A nice shot on target, well shifted by Kylian Mbappé and above all a completely failed recovery, at the penalty spot, after a new festival from the native of Bondy. Once again replaced by Didier Deschamps (for Giroud 76th), he has not however lost the confidence of the national coach.
” With the experience that is hers and the experience that is hers, I don’t think there are any doubts to be had. He does very good things, he misses to materialize as in our friendlies. He has had enough experience to ignore it. Obviously, he knows that he is expected on this aspect and I told him: “it’s not just that“. A striker needs to score, the main thing is that he keeps confidence and especially my confidence DD explained. What now to see if he will be in the eleven against Portugal, next Wednesday, or if we will see Olivier Giroud reappear.