The legend of the Blues believes that the team of Didier Deschamps have adopted their status as tournament favorite and hopes to see them draw with La Roja
France is under “positive pressure” at Euro 2020 according to Robert Pires, who hopes that his country will organize a quarter-final clash against Spain.
Didier Deschamps’ men will advance to the last eight of the tournament if they can face Switzerland at the Arena Nationala in Bucharest on Monday night.
France are set to do better than their last appearance in 2016, with Pires confident they can bear the brunt of expectations but wary of quality opponents who stand in their way.
What was said?
“I think it’s a positive pressure,” said the Blues legend Goal. “France are in the favorite position but there are a lot of teams with good skills. We saw the Italian team.
“A lot of people criticize Spain and I think they have a good standard and a good quality.”
France are currently on a collision course with Spain, which must overtake Croatia to reach the quarter-finals, and Pires would like to see the heavyweight bond materialize, having been part of the squad that knocked out La Roja before winning the trophy in 2000.
“It would mean that both teams are doing well,” added the former Arsenal star. “They will fight for the final and for the cup. I don’t know what will happen but I hope there will be [a France v Spain match].
“Spain have very good players for me and every time we play with Spain we know it’s very complicated. At Euro 2000 it was very difficult because on the pitch there is had a very good quality, and I hope we will meet Spain “.
How has France performed at the Euro so far?
France opened their last European Championship campaign with a 1-0 victory over Germany as a first goal against their own side of Mats Hummels proved to be the difference between the two teams.
Deschamps’ men never really got out of second gear against the Germans and were even more disappointing in their second Group F game against Hungary, which held the world champions to a 1-1 draw in front of a feverish audience at Puskas stadium.
However, the Blues produced a much improved display to win a 2-2 over Portugal, with Karim Benzema grabbing a brace, and ultimately winning the group.