Will Euro 2016 prove a success for tournament hosts, France?
Despite offering fans of the international game a less than convincing set of performances across Euro 2012 last time out – as well as failing to raise a great deal of hope throughout the World Cup finals in Brazil last summer – France nonetheless enter Euro 2016 with some much improved fortunes on their side.
As tournament hosts, many within the general footballing community expect Les Bleus to repeat their successes of Euro 2000, now that the French are once again operating with a vast array of expensive talent among their current ranks. Sylvain Wiltord and David Trezeguet proved the heroes for their nation over fifteen years ago, but who will now stand out for Didier Deschamps in the modern era?
Although the likes of Germany – going into the tournament as proud holders of the World Cup – alongside Spain – a footballing nation currently in need of redemption on the international stage – will nevertheless provide France with strong competition at the finals this summer, the boys in blue simply have every reason to feel confident.
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So then, just how successful will Euro 2016 ultimately prove for the tournament holders? Do the French have what it takes to meet the lofty expectations of their fans, and will Deschamps finally get the best out of this current France squad seemingly forever teetering on the edge of greatness?
Well, in light of this particular Euro 2016 betting tip surrounding the potential fate of the French national side this summer, now would seemingly arrive as a sensible time to gloss over the team’s most recent form.
Although Les Bleus are only playing a series of international friendlies as preparation for the tournament – considering the fact that they will be hosting the whole event in the summer – France’s form has so far been somewhat promising, somewhat forgettable. Obviously it’s hard to take a great amount of meaningful information from any set of friendly matches, but seeing as the French have already seen off the likes of Serbia, Portugal, Denmark and Sweden in efficient style recently, maybe the rest of Europe need to be worried by the time next summer arrives.
Les Blues Form
However, comparable losses to Brazil, Belgium and somehow even Albania, will nonetheless keep Didier Deschamps’ side grounded ahead of the much awaited Euro 2016 finals. As friendlies are designed for managers to experiment and tinker with their respective ranks, there is still certainly enough time for France to perfect their approach across the current season.
In possessing one of the most well-balanced squads in the whole of Europe at the minute, it seemingly wouldn’t take too brave a man to back the French cause over the summer. Deschamps currently plays host to a somehwhat promisingly youthful back-line– with the likes of Raphael Varane, Kurt Zouma and Eliaquim Mangala all bringing a fair amount of potential to the table.
In the case of Managala in particular – although the Premier League has been tough on the former FC Porto man so far – the slower pace of the international game may yet prove the perfect outlet for the defender to once again rediscover his best form.
Ahead of the French defence however, lies a whole manner of different options for Didier Deschamps to contend with over the domestic campaign. Depending on how the former French World Cup winner wants to set out his starting XI this summer, each of Morgan Schneiderlin, Blaise Matuidi, and of course the ever exciting Paul Pogba, could potentially work wonders in the middle of the park for their nation this summer – just as long as each player remains relatively injury-free throughout the course of the upcoming season, that is.
Yet with the likes of Karim Benzema, Antoinne Griezmann and Alexandre Lacazette all in place for his side at Euro 2016, Deschamps’ attacking outlets are arguably the most potent contributors within his entire squad this season. All three of the aforementioned names proved massive hits for their clubs in 2014/15– scoring a hat-full of goals each that will certainly shine their already lofty reputations in a strong light as the tournament finally approaches.
But although the French seemingly have all bases covered going into Euro 2016 this summer, you simply can’t trust Les Bleus to keep it together from a mental point of view more than anything else. French players are notorious for throwing their toys out the pram even when things are going well, so Didier Deschamps simply has a huge task on his hands this term in keeping his team tightly knit and free from the traditional attitude problems surrounding French football.
So then, whilst France certainly look strong at this stage in the game, the jury ultimately remains out in regards to how well they will perform at Euro 2016, once this season’s domestic campaign finally reaches its conclusion.
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