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Tops / Flops Denmark-France: Eriksen with heart, the Blues without flavor


The full match of Christian Eriksen, the decisive parades of Kasper Schmeichel, but also the worrying performance of the Blues: find the Tops and the Flops of Denmark-France (2-0).


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Eriksen, exemplary captain

More than a year after a malaise which almost left him on the floor, Christian Eriksen is well and truly back at his highest level.

The Danish midfielder was brilliant in multiplying the good shifts and good openings for his teammates.

A player through whom all offensives pass, he delighted his audience with his well-felt passes at the right tempo.

The return of the miraculous.

Schmeichel, not the same as in the club

If disputed in his club Nice, with a lot of blunders since the start of the season in Ligue 1, Kasper Schmeichel is another goalkeeper in selection.

The son of the great Peter had a full match, disconcerting the French players in turn.

Present at the start of the game in front of Mbappé (8th), then Griezmann (15th), he helped his team through a weak time.

Then was again decisive when the Blues wanted to come back to the score by making several decisive parades in front of Kylian Mbappé (66th, 67th, 70th).

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Griezmann, the beginnings of a return

During a large part of this meeting, we saw this sharp Griezmann, master of transitions.

If the Blues started this match well, they owe it in part to the Atlético striker, who was very intelligent in ensuring the mid-attack transition.

Precise in his relays, his deviations, he served as a point of support for his partners and knew how to lead the game with intelligence.

Too bad for him that his strike from the quarter of an hour was not repelled by Schmeichel.

He logically fell off his feet over the meeting with his lack of competition, but his return to form could be one of the rare good news of the moment for Didier Deschamps.


The lack of character of the Blues

The France team did not show character on the lawn of the Parken Stadium in Copenhagen and that is what is most worrying, two months before the start of the World Cup.

If they had started well, by pressing high and putting on the intensity, the Blues plunged mentally once they were behind.

Painfully ending the first period, they barely got up in the second by multiplying the technical approximations.

Soulless French people.

The Blues in difficulty on the stopped phases

Did Didier Deschamps and his staff prepare well for this match?

We can think not in view of the French difficulties in defending well on the opposing set phases.

In difficulty on the many Danish corners, the Blues have indeed lacked aggressiveness or intelligence in their placement.

The Danes thus sometimes found themselves lonely in the surface, which seems prohibitive at the highest level.

Errors that weighed down the Habs at the end of the first act.

Camavinga and Saliba, missed bets

The middle of Real Madrid has sought a lot in the midfield.

Yet supported by his club partner, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Eduardo Camavinga has multiplied the bad choices and, even, the failed transmissions.

If he was active in the middle, he did not really make the link with the offensive sector.

Same observation for William Saliba, in difficulty to the right of the French axis.

Overwhelmed in the duels, he leaves too many liberties to Damsgaard, centering on the action of the 1st Danish goal.

The two men were also released by Didier Deschamps at the break.

Giroud discreet, Mbappé not successful

In the offensive sector, Olivier Giroud and Kylian Mbappé had again been associated, Deschamps undoubtedly wanting to see them at work one last time before the World Cup.

Except that, unlike last Thursday, the two men did not agree, except on a good combination at the start of the game.

Giroud was discreet and did not attempt a single shot, when Mbappé tried 5 frames but often fell on an unfazed Schmeichel.

A lack of success that lasts for the PSG striker, author of 12 shots in 2 matches this week with the Habs for only 1 goal.

Source: lefigaro

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