Mahes Euros form guide – part 2
Yesterday I stuck my neck on the line by publicly backing France. The best players with the best spirit by my reasoning, cracking coach, play good football and all.
Their main rivals according to the bookies are England and Belgium.
Firstly England. Logic dictates they will win another trophy at some stage but this summer faced with many strong teams and their coach, don’t place any bets on them.
The English hype train, of which we are well aware of, never ends. Get one world class in their minds star and the train leaves the station, two or three they are favourites for any and every competition they enter, despite the fact they were favourites before and didn’t win, rinse and repeat.
These world class players are actually players who shine in the Premiership, automatically deemed world class by producing on that stage without the obvious deep dive into whether true or not.
Many an Englishman has had his foreign partner make him look like a world beater, but by himself he’s average.
Stones falls into this category.
Sterling just flopped when surprisingly selected for the biggest game of the season, he isn’t confident or match fit. He should be raring to go and is a genuine threat don’t get me wrong, and can actually take a game by the scruff, one of the big reasons why their odds are so low. Yet he’s been hit and miss.
Probably the biggest reason they are favourites (via The Independent) is Harry Kane. He’s good, very good. In his prime, and on his day can be the difference. Yet hes under pressure to produce to prompt the big move he craves. He has background noise galore, and an ever growing expectation hanging around his shoulders.
Supplying him the supposed ammunition are some new lads (Grealish and Foden) who may or may not click with the ever present Henderson.
The keeper is dodgier than a 2am kebab with everything, right back could do with a holiday not a tournament, and has no back up now Trent’s ruled out.
Harry and Luke at centre and left respectively are two of the worst Man United I can remember, never mind England.
Their actual manager himself missed his own penalty at the known out stage of this tournament, and although a decent player seems a reserved fellow. He has never inspired this team beyond their means and there’s little to believe it will happen now.
The usual, quarter finals if a decent team but semi finals maximum.
Number three seed Belgium sure are one big enigma, but I’m not convinced. For starters KDB is either out or playing with a face mask on. Either way, given his emotional state upon injury and defeat, only a fool would bet on him to deliver.
Pride will probably force him to play but he won’t be comfortable, a holiday rather than a tournament is best for the young man.
Of the rest many are well known names yes, but that alive is not reason for such misplaced faith.
Benteke and Lukaku, behind that Hazard KDB and Tielemans, all sounds good on paper but the defense is suspect and they have zero experience of going all the way.
Neither does their coach. Martinez and Maloney sounds sexy, but deliver against this opposition?
There’s clear anticipation they will either play to their maximum potential or become more than the sum of their parts, I don’t understand why and don’t agree.
Okay their press always hype the crap out of them because a positive we are still a great empire story sells better than the truth, I do understand why.
Another quarter maybe semi finalist like England.
The bookies have Spain and Italy next closest favourites for reasons beyond me.
I would have the Germans ahead of both.
Are both dangerous? Yes.
More dangerous than a swansong led Ronaldo who just topped another top five leagues scoring charts, again? No.
Germany are the clear rivals to France in my eyes.
For starters they have a long standing coach departing, and just like Dechamp mentioned yesterday, Yogi Low is quite a character.
Not only that but he’s been there, seen it and done it, has the t-shirt and the medals, scratches his nuts on tv doesn’t give a,,,.
That experience also goes for the players,,Muller might be playing his last competition, as could many.
Havertz, Can, Hummel’s, Kroos, Gundigen, Sane, Kimich, Gnabry, Werner, Goretza,,,,all well known names, more than a few know what collecting silverware is about.
It would be more than foolish to write this Germany side off.
I’ll still go with gut instinct that says a France victory though.
No matter where in the world you are, enjoy the Euros. Football brought us all together, and will continue to.