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Hungary-France: the favorites and scratches of our special envoys


ANALYSIS - What did our journalists present at the Puskas Arena in Budapest take away from the Blues' draw against Hungary (1-1)?


Griezmann the savior

Some will say of him that he missed out on his meeting and did not weigh enough on the outcome of the match. That's not the truth. Faced with the lack of realism of Mbappé and Benzema throughout the meeting, he is the one who allowed the equalizer in the 67th minute of play in the furnace of the Puskas Arena on Saturday afternoon. First point. Without being flamboyant, nor twirling, "Grizou" (93 selections, 38 goals), for his 50th consecutive appearance with the France team, has proved invaluable and especially decisive in the French stagnation, where some of his partners have plunged, failing to fulfill their responsibilities. The French public is entitled to expect more from his connection with his two attacking accomplices, as the cocktail seems explosive and tasty but he has little to be ashamed of.Less than the others in any case. His best position is not as a false winger and if Deschamps gives him complete freedom, this position forces him to make a lot of effort and replacements, which he accommodates but whose impact is perceptible in terms of his playing volume. .

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The Puskas Arena, what madness!

After more than a year of roaming empty stadiums and enduring cold and sinister atmospheres, you had to wet your neck when entering the Puskas Arena in Budapest. Warned by the French of the Hungarian selection Loïc Nego that the atmosphere would be there, the thermal shock was still brutal but sublime. Under a hellish heat (30 ° in the shade), the only Euro stadium to be able to refuel in the current sanitary context has turned into a real pressure cooker thanks to its 55,998 spectators including 50,000 unleashed Hungarians . Broncas, clapping, chants in unison, the atmosphere was incandescent for 90 minutes, in particular thanks to the impressive Carpathian Brigade of Kop Nord. The 5,700 French supporters struggled to make themselves heard despite their best efforts.You should have seen this stadium capsize after Fiola's opening score ... Pure madness that feels good after all these matches behind closed doors.

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Supporters of Kop Nord from Puskas Arena on Saturday.



Coaching not very inspired by Deschamps

It's fair game and the coach knows it better than anyone. When it wins, his coaching is often praised and after a poor performance, it's the opposite story. Against the Hungarians, the boss of the world champions was in the image of his players, not very inspired. He recognized it himself, some of his proteges were quickly blunted Saturday afternoon on the edge of the lawn, hence a question: Why did you make late changes on the pitch of the Puskas Arena? Dembélé for Rabiot in the 57th minute of play, then Giroud-Tolisso for Benzema-Pogba in the 75th and Lemar in place of Dembélé injured in the 87th. Always easy to rewrite history after the fact, but the failed matches of Pogba and Benzema - it happens - could have been "punished" by leaving the field faster,so much the two men did not do anything good on Saturday. Since the start of the preparation, “DD” has praised the depth of the bench and the talent he has at his disposal… Under a strong heat, a public on fire and a group in France in difficulty, the possibility of the five changes offered by the 'UEFA during the Euro could have been a major card for the disappointing Blues. Missed.

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When the mercury explodes, the Blues get stiff

It was very, very hot.

When you play matches with this intensity and this heat, it's always complicated, but for both teams.

It's harder than at night


Entered in the second period in place of a very disappointing Pogba, Corentin Tolisso confirmed with words, after the match, a trend which is confirmed for the world champions.

When the temperatures soar, the Blues suffer.

As at the 2018 World Cup against Denmark in the muggy Moscow (0-0), even if the context was very different, and in Konya a year later where Antoine Griezmann and his partners had suffocated against Turkey (0-2).


The physiological adaptation to this schedule (3:00 pm) and the temperature had more of an impact on us than the opponent,

”admitted Deschamps on Saturday, who had nevertheless adapted his last training sessions accordingly. Good news, its players will no longer play at nap time until the end of the Euro.

Source: lefigaro

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