The shock may be violent. June 28, 2019: it is in a Parc des Princes crowded with more than 40,000 ebullient spectators, firmly believing in the possibility of overthrowing the United States (1-2), that the Bleues miss out on their dream. July 10, 2022: it is in the rural and industrial anonymity of New York Stadium in Rotherham, 10,400 seats, that the Tricolores will try to close a scar which has not always finished making hearts bleed. Two stadiums, two atmospheres.
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Sunday is a new story because it’s a new group, younger, less experienced but perhaps more carefree. “It’s possible that the freshness of the group plays for uswe also blew Laure Boulleau, the former French international and PSG player, when highlighting this tricolor troop. In my generation, we used to approach previous competitions with players with a lot of experience. But maybe we missed that freshness at some point. Sometimes, by thinking too much, we can also fail…“. But since it takes everything to make a world, and therefore a group, Deacon ended up going back on his choices.
You don’t want to face them…
The chances of going to the end, precisely. On the starting line, statistical predictions put Les Bleues in the pack of legitimate favorites. Logic as this Euro appears open. As often with France, talent is not in question. This team is steeped in it and frightens the whole of Europe. On the BBC on Friday, at the time of the draw between Sweden and the Netherlands (1-1), possible opponents of the Habs in the event of qualifications in the quarters, the three “pundits” – understand consultants – present (Alex Scott, Fara Williams and Anouk Hoogendijk) were of the same opinion: “Les Bleues, you don’t want to meet them…“.
This is the big risk that awaits the Blues in this group D quite widely within their reach. It is against the toughest adversary that Corinne Deacon’s troupe will therefore begin its quest for the eternal. The Italians, quarter-finalists of the last World Cup, promised “courage and sacrifice“, a way of drawing the balance of power expected in Rotherham on Sunday. Assume yourself, free yourself and believe in your lucky star, even when it takes malicious pleasure in fleeing you when the quarters arrive. This is the recipe to follow for this France team. The hope is real because the story is new. Hoping that the end is too…
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