In irresistible form, the France Espoirs team easily landed its ticket to the next Euro U21, even snatching first place in its qualifying group Switzerland (3-1) on Monday evening, after a convincing victory. The Bleuets are already favorites for the continental competition.
Guendouzi and the Bleuets took their revenge against Switzerland (3-1).
Ten games, nine wins and thirty-two goals scored! With such statistics, we can say that the France Espoirs team has perfectly negotiated its qualifying campaign for Euro 2021, which will take place in two stages: from March 24 to 31 for the group stage, then from 31 May to June 6 for direct elimination matches.
A brilliant success against the Swiss
As a symbol, after having conceded its only defeat of the playoffs against Switzerland (1-3) in November 2019, Sylvain Ripoll’s team took its revenge on Monday, winning by the same score, thanks to a double from Odsonne Edouard (18th, 23rd), then a goal from Randal Kolo Muani (90 + 1st).
A victory synonymous with first place in the final for France, but also with hope. Because, four months of the Euro, all the lights seem green. It’s all about regularity. We know that things are fragile. We must stay on course. But if the players are also invested, with the qualities which are theirs, it is obvious that we can do something good, admitted Ripoll at a post-match press conference.
A high quality group
It must be said that this team from France Espoirs had not participated in two consecutive European Championships since the period 1998-2000. After terrible failures over the last two decades, the French collective finally seems well oiled. Then, the Bleuets, whose only victory in the event dates back to 1988, have as always talented players in all positions, defenders Jules Kound (Sville) Wesley Fofana (Leicester), through midfielders Boubacar Kamara (Marseille) and Jeff-Reine Adlade (Nice).
Not to mention the forwards with winger Moussa Diaby (Leverkusen), Amine Gouiri (Nice) or Edouard (Celtic), who represents the number one threat with his 14 goals in 10 games. In any case, U21 captain Matto Guendouzi is very optimistic. The objective will be quite simply to win the Euro. I am convinced that there is something very beautiful to seek with this group. For most players, we have been playing together for several years and we know each other perfectly, launched the player of Hertha Berlin (on loan from Arsenal) for Ouest-France. These Bleuets are very ambitious!
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