A year ago, Didier Deschamps, Hugo Lloris and Raphaël Varane compared penalty sessions to a lottery.
In 2006, Fabien Barthez had made recommendations on the habits of transalpine shooters, not stopping a single Italian shot either.
But today, the Blues have not won a penalty shootout since 1998 and the World Cup quarter-final against Italy at home.
With a series of 14 shots received since, should we see a cultural deficiency in the hexagonal approach?
Against the Albiceleste, Hugo Lloris did not stop Messi's penalty or any of the Argentines' four attempts in the penalty shootout.
A year and a half ago against the Nati, the Tottenham goalkeeper had conceded the five Swiss shots on goal in a meeting where he had stopped his first penalty in the French team since 2012. Hugo Lloris does not like this test, and a figure shows it: a 2019 study by InStat Sport of 100,000 penalties showed that on average, a goalkeeper diverted 17.55%.
The record holder for the number of selections for the France team has posted a disappointing 8.7% since the start of his career.