France and Portugal will face each other this Wednesday evening in the last match of the group stage of the Euro. France is sure to be in the next round and will have to win to be certain of finishing first and Portugal, to stay in the game, must not lose by more than two goals. However, the two countries, which appreciate each other, despite Eder’s attempt to separate them one evening in July 2016, fear each other.
If the Blues must revive after the draw against Hungary, Portugal lost against Germany in large widths (4-2) and that does not bring much serenity. ” The four goals against Germany was a nightmare. Commentators repeated “it is not possible” four times. We didn’t expect that. France, before the group stage, was scary, and even more after Germany. We say to ourselves that the gap was against Hungary. Didier Deschamps is scary, he has this reputation as a winner. In the details of the players, what I heard, Semedo was targeted by the critics and in the broadcasts we heard “if Semedo struggled against Gossens, we can’t imagine against Mbappé, we will have to help him” », Explains Gary de Jesus, consultant specializing in Portugal for Europe 1.
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” I don’t see any weaknesses in this team “
Same story with the journalists of the country of Eusebio. ” A selection with players like Mbappé, Griezmann and Benzema can only be a candidate to win all of its matches and, of course, the Euro. With these three names, it is clear that the attack is France’s strength. I don’t see any weaknesses in this team, despite their unexpected draw against Hungary. I think it was just a day without for the Deschamps team. But if Hungary managed to find a loophole and score a goal for France, Portugal can too. I think this match has everything of a final before its time “, Advances Nuno Barbosa, who officiates at the Jornal de Noticias.
A final before the hour? As for Gary de Jesus, we explain that we are frankly frightened by Didier Deschamps’ players: ” in Portugal, France is frightening, it’s a kind of pet peeve. Like Germany, even if the latter was a little in doubt. We still have a little inferiority complex. We are scared, we say to ourselves that things have to be changed, we announce Renato, but in place of Bernardo, not in place of a double pivot. Santos tells him that he is not afraid, despite everything, in the environment we are frightened by France, by Deschamps, by the attackers and by Paul Pogba “.
They are suspicious of Pogba and Kanté
Indeed, the French individualities really scare everyone of course, but especially the Portuguese. Nuno Barbosa sees a match where everything will be played out in the midfield: ” I foresee an intense duel in the middle of the field. Despite all the stars that France has, like Pogba, I believe that it is in the heart of the game that the basis of success in this Euro lies. N’Golo Kanté is a player who impresses me and, as a Portuguese, I can only hope that he is worse off against Portugal, who need a good result so badly to qualify for the 8th “.
Let’s be sure, the Portuguese will sell their skin dearly, but it remains to be seen what attitude they will adopt. Will they try to play, to move forward, to put this goal that could reassure them or will they try to close the game, for fear of the Blues and to preserve a score that would qualify them for the knockout stages? ? Answer Wednesday evening around 11 p.m.
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