After a successful opening against Germany, the Blues of Didier Deschamps could not do better than a draw against Hungary. The French therefore await their third meeting against Portugal, this Wednesday, to know where in Pool F they will finish.
Because there is of course all the stake. Depending on the position in which they finish, the French will be more or less heavy in the eighths and they will be in a more complicated part of the table. Lucas Digne, present at a press conference last Monday, explained that he did not think about that: ” we have not yet planned, it is still very vague where we can play, against whom we can fall. I don’t think it makes a difference to be sure you’re better third. The important thing is to finish well and get that first place that’s all that matters “.
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Finish first and see Belgium and Italy in the semi-finals
However, this is going to be important. For the moment, the reigning world champions have their destiny between their feet. If they beat Portugal, they will be sure to finish first. Therefore, they would evolve against the third of pools A, B or C. It could therefore be Switzerland, Finland or Ukraine.
On the other hand, they would find themselves in the part of the table of Belgium and Italy, two nations which have made a strong impression since the start of the competition. In the event of victory in the eighth and quarter, they would therefore find one of the two teams in the semi-finals. In the event of second place (it would take a draw between France and Portugal coupled with a victory for Germany against Hungary), the French would switch to the other part of the table.
The double-edged third place
On the menu, the 1st of group D, England (and in addition to Wembley) or the Czech Republic. The advantage of this second position is that the men of Didier Deschamps would find themselves in the part of the table of England and the Netherlands, two formations which seem less strong than Belgium and Italy. Finally, comes third place. It should be in the top four third and Portugal and Germany win on the final day.
This time, two scenarios. The Blues could fall on Belgium in the eighth and have to follow up with a quarter-final against Italy if they pass the Red Devils. They could also be on the other side of the table and would be up against Group C first, the Netherlands. In case of victory against the Batavians, they would possibly evolve in quarter against Denmark or Wales. There is no doubt that these small calculations are already in the mind of Didier Deschamps.
See the table of the final phase of Euro 2020