“Football is coming home“, it seems. Good for him. Les Bleues, they have another ambition: “take the cup home“, to use the words of Melvine Malard. Less poetic, of course. But romanticism has never won trophies. The day after the qualification of the “Three Lionesses” for the final, it was towards Milton Keynes that all the Eyes will turn this Wednesday to know the identity of those who will dare to go against the course of English history. France or Germany, place your bets.
The eleven of the Blue against Germany: Malard holder, Bacha on the bench
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It is here, in one of the most depressing towns in England, that Corinne Deacon’s Bleues come in search of joy. They are no longer apart from a paradox. In Rotherham, the New York Stadium was their second home with these four games in a row but always in an atmosphere worthy of an away game. In Rotherham, they were the ones who created the most chances in this Euro… but also those who transformed them the least. In Rotherham, again, they have systematically been masters of their destiny… without necessarily being masters of their match.
Wendie Renard and her partners: the perfect muses of “French Flair”?
Credit: Quentin Guichard
Opposite is “Deutsche Qualität”
Basically, these Blues are in their image: instinctive, talented, sunny, imperfect and almost naive. This is what makes their charm. Panache, improvisation, creativity: it is from this disconcerting trident that the “French Flair” of French rugby was born. The ball is rounder but these Tricolores stick to the definition. So, after having already traumatized Twickenham, the temple of rugby, why not treat yourself to a typically French treat by spoiling the English party in the temple of football?
But before that, there is this duel against “Deutsche Qualität”. The expression is not usurped: four matches, four victories, eleven goals scored, none conceded and not the shadow of a doubt for a Mannschaft that no one expected at such a party. The German queens seem in a hurry to regain their throne and reconnect with a domination that no one has even been able to approach since. Martina Voss-Tecklenburg’s troop is lethal, well-honed, well-prepared and much more rested. On paper, if it was necessary to designate a favorite, it seems obvious. And yet…
Some may draw on their childhood memories to find the key. “We always pushed them, they have bad memories with ussays Gilles Eyquem, former youth coach. For example, during Euro U19 in 2019, the German team was presented as the ogre, as the team to beat. We have always succeeded against them, it’s a much more readable football than us. We have this quality, with players capable of making differences, of surprising, of doing unusual things. It’s always been a huge problem for them.. ” The French Flair we tell you.
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Watch out for roundabouts
Now that the glass ceiling of the quarters has exploded, do these Blues have a limit? They themselves may not even know it. But it would be infuriating if the adventure ended there, at the gates of a final that is still fleeing this French team. After the 2011 World Cup and the 2012 Olympics, the third international semi-final of these Bleues must be the right one. The one that puts them in their rightful place, among the two best European nations.
So this is the challenge offered to the troupe of Corinne Deacon: it is enticing and can represent a real turning point. Luckily, in Milton Keynes, we are sure of one thing: it is the city in England that has the largest number of roundabouts. It’s up to the Bleues to choose the right exit… Hint: it will indicate Wembley.
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