Euro 2022: The three things to expect from the French team against Belgium

Corinne Deacon’s players meet Belgium this Thursday evening (21:00 CEST). That second group game of Euro 2022 against an opponent much cheaper on paper than Italy should allow them to quickly gain momentum.

Even if the reality on the ground sometimes offers surprises, the French team, the third nation in the world to aim for the final title, is indeed the favorite against them Red Flames19th in the FIFA rankings, playing their second group match of Euro 2022 on Thursday 14 July.

A balance of power that is largely in favor of the Habs, who have never lost to Belgium (2-1, 7-0 in 2011; 2-0 in 2017) and should seize the opportunity to sign a full game. Aim to do better than the”almost perfect first half and the’“one second less successful” in Corinne Deacon’s words, scored in the win against Italy.

Especially since the French team’s rivals have decided that Les Bleues won’t be the only ones to take the lights. France hit hard? Let’s hit it even harder. The next day, England, sluggish for their entry into the race, atomized Norway’s Ada Hergerberg (8-0). On Wednesday, Germany confirmed their formidable performance against the helpless Spain against the well-kept goal of Merle Frohms (2-0).

Les Bleues, who can find the Netherlands, World Cup finalists and 2017 European champions, from the quarter-finals, will not be able to afford to only play half-time if they finally want to break their glass ceiling.

That was the big downside of the opening game against Italy. And it’s certain that opponents, regardless of their prestige, have recognized concerns about the Tricolor alignment as an opportunity not to be missed to destabilize Wendie Renard’s teammates.

In the first game, almost all chances in the Alps came from deep balls that took the defense from behind. While the trend of recent education towards renewal tends to face the same eleven the red flames, the harmony and complementarity of the Renard-Tounkara hinge, which in turn should be preferred to the experienced Renard-Mbock, is under particular scrutiny.

Aissatou Tonkara

Aissatou Tounkara, here against Italy, should continue against Belgium. / Andrew Katsampes/ISI Photos/GettyImages

Of course, with such ambitions, any result other than success would be a setback for Les Bleues. Above all, a non-qualification this Thursday evening would thwart the usual plans of the coach: Corinne Deacon has a habit of rotating her team in the third group game.

Les Bleues are never safe from poor form or injury (so ask Spain), the 23 players selected will potentially play a role, either as luxury substitutes or to blow away the executives even if they compete with them. Anyway, against Belgium, the French side will be keen to take control of the game as soon as possible, which would allow Corinne Deacon to breathe new blood into the game quickly.

Changes that shouldn’t prevent the Habs from getting a result. Because the blues have no time or energy to waste. Your English and German colleagues have already qualified for the quarter-finals. It would be wise to imitate them. “I know that a European Championship is complicated and every game is difficult. We said the same thing in 2007, we had an easy group, we fought against Iceland, Austria and Switzerland, so we have to stay humble.”However, the captain of the Blue Wendie Renard warned after the win against Italy.


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