The promise of fire must turn into fire.
The world has said it, the Blues have said it, the media have not denied: the France team has on the starting line the most beautiful attack of this European Championship even if every day Belgium recalls that she intends to endure the comparison.
Silent against Germany (1-0), Karim Benzema, Kylian Mbappé and Antoine Griezmann, the three artists not painters, should take advantage of the Hungarian opposition this Saturday (3 p.m.) to open, each or together but to several people is always more beautiful, their Euro counter.
Other stars have already done it, from Romelu Lukaku to Cristiano Ronaldo via Memphis Depay, it is up to them to play and strike the spirits.
Antoine Griezmann, closer to the stars
In this trio of attack, Antoine Griezmann occupies a position of organizer of the game which he particularly likes.
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Because Germany imposed a big fight, density in the middle, out of respect for instructions no doubt also, the Barcelonan stood out against the Germans on Tuesday in a very defensive match, multiplying the efforts of harassment, of recovery.
This work in order to help the collective provoked a counterpart: Griezmann was very discreet offensively, far from his two other front accomplices in the hybrid device of the Blues, who multiply the animations depending on whether they have or not. the ball.
With the return of Karim Benzema and the installation of Kylian Mbappé to the left of the attack line, his training position and objectively his best place and the one he prefers, the Mâconnais becomes an organizer, a distributor, supposed to be move between the lines, find the pass angles and go back to the right side. The load is heavy but it sticks to his possibilities, considerable, his finesse in the game, to the brain available to others that he has always shown.
For now, the attacker continues to adapt to the other two, seeks and waits to find the key.
It could arise on set pieces but he was not particularly inspired in this area against the Germans.
Hungary, a nation that will want to leave the ball and stay behind, will offer him another profile to refine his settings.
Like for example the strike at the entrance of the penalty area, another of his strong points.
Kylian Mbappé, start from less far
Kylian Mbappé's lightning attacks on the Munich lawn on Tuesday put the German defense to death.
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In the heat of Budapest, the Parisian will find a Ligue 1 match harder, bigger, him the best director of the French Championship. The grouped defenses have never scared him because he also knows how to combine with his partners, choose the pass if the goal angle seems too tight. Summarizing Mbappé at his peak of speed - his acceleration against Germany has never seemed so overwhelming - is a mistake that some continue to make. But groups that are very grouped together, with a two-handed grip, remain the type of opposition where he is least comfortable and where he sometimes stubbornly takes individual risk. But the movements around him will help him.
With a higher block, the world champion would undoubtedly have obtained more chances against the men of Joachim Löw when he was not far from the score. He scored a sublime goal canceled for offside and should have received a penalty with a referee more experienced in high level games. Against Hungary, the Blues will have more possession, at the same time that they will gain thirty meters on average, which should be enough for Bondy's crack to touch more balls.
Forced to defend, Adrien Rabiot could not really combine with his former partner of PSG.
When Lucas Hernandez stood out, still on the left side, he crossed for the goal against his camp of Mats Hummels.
And who was behind the defender ready to deceive Manuel Neuer?
Mbappé of course!
Happy as ever to be able to face the international fight with Karim Benzema, the former Monegasque dreams of his first goal at the Euro, the first of his life.
At the 2018 World Cup, he also waited for the second confrontation, against Peru.
Here we are.
Karim Benzema, finally something new
After more than five and a half years of absence with the Blues, Benzema is waiting to find the net.
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He was drunk with joy on Tuesday when he thought he scored on a pass from Kylian Mbappé. We found him as in 2007, when he was 20, for his first goal for the French team during his first selection against Austria. There is a huge expectation at home, which perhaps causes a little stress from the first goal after more than five and a half years of absence. The older ones go through there.
Faced with the Hungarians, his movements should create chaos in the opposing defense, the only condition to free up space for Mbappé and Griezmann. He will be at the initiative of the cracks and if it is not him, he will be at the finish. Olivier Giroud has been criticized too much for finishing the 2018 World Cup without a goal to be satisfied with the same record for a player of his dimension. In small spaces, his agreement with Mbappé promises to be decisive to overthrow the catchy Hungarians, who held up long minutes against the Portuguese before breaking down by conceding three goals in the 84th minute in added time. Benzema doesn't have time to wait so long.