Mahes Euro predictions Part 1
No one likes constant negativity. While the site numbers continue to climb (thanks everyone) the comments decrease, showing not everyone wants to complain, most folk just want some good news to talk to each other about. It’s fully understandable.
For what it’s worth someday, I can’t tell you when but someday, we will all be sitting on the edge of our chairs with the pulse rising as the Celtic right back goes on another swashbuckling foray up the wing, crowd murmur growing in anticipation.
One day all this talk of Certificates of Competence and failed recruitment will be forgotten and football, the beautiful game, shall justly take precedence.
With that in mind I refuse to pen another critique, not only is it the wrong day but it’s just not wanted. No negative vibes on a Friday my old gaffer used to say.
So instead I shall look forward to the forthcoming festival of football and explain why France will be lifting this summers most prestigious trophy.
At the very top they have The Water Carrier himself, that will old veteran Dechamp still doing it. But it looks to be his last hurrah, which usually brings a group together to deliver. Only a man of his stature could have brought back the once exiled Benzema, he has the strength of character to make the controversial call and publicly stand by it. He’s a character and it will be the games loss when he goes, and off course there’s no better time to go than when at the top with the big trophy under your arm. He will be going all out to win and walk away a legend, off and on the pitch.
Benzema himself is a little under rated by some but that’s not surprising given there’s usually one or two much more glamorous players on the pitch alongside him. His goals have been varied (dynamite with the head) and he’s a big game player, usually on the score sheet come the layer stages. Not playing International football will have helped his body, at 33 he has less miles than many teammates that age.
He’s deadly, and will have a very intelligent player alongside him who is also deadly.
Mbappe is almost the complete striker, I expect him to take Lewandowskis mantle as the world’s best soon, maybe this summer soon. He has exploded onto the scene, and the price tag looks justified everytime Im privileged to watch him.
Barca couldn’t contain him at all, and I contend his current manager blew the chance at Champions League glory with ridiculous team selections for a crucial tie.
The unit behind him and his stroppy but talented strike partner failed to gel and work properly, but the odds of that happening this summer are much reduced.
This team and new partner, plus manager, should bring the best out of him.
Almost perfect up front, in the midfield Pogba in particular should be happy. He also is a big game player, and will be out to impress for his own reasons,,a move or larger contract. He will never have a better chance to show off, behind him the world’s best defensive midfielder, in front of him two of the very best going, Coman on the wing is top tier also. Despite the fact he hasn’t shone at United I expect the lanky Frenchman to grab this opportunity with both hands, which will only add to his mystery. I would hate to manage or play against him, but the boy can play there’s little doubt.
The new improved Deschamp behind him is one he of a player also, best in Europe actually. He was immense when this generations great football miracle happened, probably the most important cog in that Leicester machine that relentlessly ground out the victory after victory needed. He was again immense to lift the Big Cup less than a week ago, Man of the Match in most of the worlds eyes.
He’s not getting any younger, could be his last tournament if truth be told, but Kante is better than ever. He will hold that team together as much as needed.
It’s needed a bit more than usual if truth be told. The keeper isn’t my cup of tea and surely about to call it a day, while the right back is brand new, and Lenglet has had an injury hit season. Kpembe and Varane are excellent though, backed up by the experienced Zouma. It’s not that bad, and many competitors would love such riches, but I’d prefer Desailly, Blanc and LeBeouf like days of yore.
Being weaker than usual at the rear could have it’s advantages. It could encourage a get it forward quick mindset, and with the speed and brains available playing on the counter suits them down to a tee. Of course if I know that others do, but if you sit deeper to help stop the counterattack you simply invite Kante to intercept, give to Pogba who looks up and has three ( if Coman plays) pacey attackers intelligently running into space offering options, forcing decisions. A defenders worst nightmare.
Then there’s the fact they have height so goals from corners should be on the agenda.
Greisman is silky with a point to prove and the enigma that is Dembele (not ours but the world’s most expensive transfer Dembele!) is in the squad also with a point to prove, just like the brand new right back who will want to nail down that spot.
This France teams weak points aren’t that weak, and their strong points are very strong, yet amazingly the bookies have them behind England as I type!?
No one really knows what type of tournament we shall be graced with, whether exhaustion will play a massive factor or not, whether some fans back in stadium at long last will spur the players on?
If you ask me the best players mixed with the best team spirit usually come out on top. Team spirit is up in the air, admittedly the Benzema thing could backfire but you’ve gotta believe his boys in the dressing room pushed this one through, smoothed the deal. You could strangle Pogba at times and the keepers crap, but the French could become more than the sum of their parts, they have in the past and they have the players to damage any side in the world.
They get my nod, and tomorrow I analyze their main rivals. Hope you enjoy.