- Euro 2020 (round of 16). France – Switzerland, this Monday (9 p.m.) in Bucharest
- 1. Don’t underestimate Switzerland, don’t overestimate it either …
- 2. Score quickly, as quickly as possible
- 3. Hit from afar and force one-on-one
- 4. Apply on set pieces
- 5. Muzzle Embolo and the double “S”
World champion France should not feel so superior to the Swiss neighbor. From the round of 16, there is no longer any opponent to devour like an appetizer. But there is no reason to make a mountain of a selection that has never reached the quarterfinals of a major competition. Switzerland finished third in weak Pool A in the first round, taking five goals and finishing behind Wales, crushed on Saturday by Denmark (4-0). Switzerland is superior to Hungary and much inferior to England and Belgium that the Blues could also cross.
The last two France – Switzerland condense the thesis and the antithesis of what to do and not to do against this kind of team. France had scored early (17 ‘, Giroud) and doubled the stake very early (18’, Matuidi) at the 2014 World Cup. She made the match easy (5-2 after leading 5-0). At Euro 2016, a painful 0-0 stretched to the end, even if the Blues touched the crossbar three times that night … With three days of recovery less and the exhausting heat of Budapest and Bucharest , the clock will not run in favor of the France team.
No need to go back in time to detect the weaknesses of the “Nati”. Against Italy, Switzerland imploded (3-0) on long strikes, 20m or more, and one-on-one situations, which pierced the Gruyère defense of Akanji, Elvedi and co. The Turkish goal, from Kahveci, also sanctioned a block gathered in its area. A godsend for Griezmann, with his curled left foot, and especially Pogba, with his good ball strike. In 2016 (0-0), the French midfielder had twice touched the crossbar. This defense is in danger when it is forced to back down, which Mbappé could force it to do, even Coman if he starts or comes into play.
Wales scored from a corner. Italy scored from a corner (refused to Chiellini). In 2014, France scored on a corner (Giroud). In recent months, the France team has had more trouble on offensive stopped phases, but it remains in this exercise, according to German coach Joachim Löw, “the best team, they have six or seven strong leaders”. In Russia, the Blues were used to goals from corners or free kicks (final, semi-final, quarter-final…).
Switzerland’s main strength is their three-headed attack: the powerful Embolo, very good from the header, the more technical Seferovic (pure left-hander, who has scored 22 goals with Benfica this season) and Shaqiri (two strong feet, who is the “supersub” of Liverpool). Both attackers are capable of igniting the fuse outside the box, also wary of Xhaka’s long-distance free kicks.
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