After a thunderous football evening with the victory of Spain and the elimination of France, there was more than enough material to discuss in De EK-Tribune, with Sporza journalists Michael Van Vaerenbergh and Nicolas De Brabander. “There was a lot of disobedience among the French.”
“We have seen far too little of the French potential”
“The underdog pulled the longest straw yesterday after a penalty shootout. It was a wonderful highlight on a fantastic football evening,” said Michael Van Vaerenbergh.
France was the top favorite for the European Championship title, but could never really convince in the past matches. “Everything started today with Deschamps adjusting the system”, Nicolas De Brabander said.
“France had only played under him three times with wingbacks and a three-man defense. Now it was also out of necessity, because all his left backs were out. But the first half was not to be seen.”
“In the second half there was a period in which we saw the potential of this French team, with very good goals. But then it lapsed again. We have seen that potential far too little in this European Championship.”
“There was also disobedience”, Van Vaerenbergh continues. The injured Coman did not want to be substituted. On Twitter, many French people also saw that the players were actually playing against Deschamps’ orders.”
“Especially Pogba, although he was very good again. But it is a sign on the wall that the relationship between Deschamps and the players is no longer like it was after the 2018 World Cup.”
“Xhaka played like Xavi”
Whoever can eliminate the top favorite deserves tribute. Switzerland played with a warrior’s heart and charmed the viewer, De Brabander also thought so. “Many players did very well. Seferovic for example.”
“I once got to know him in 2013, in the CL preliminary round between Sociedad and Lyon. He then played together with Sociedad teammate Griezmann. It doesn’t always work out with Seferovic, but he can really do something.”
“Zuber was also great,” says Van Vaerenbergh. “He was very strong on his left wing. Gavranovic also came in excellently and weighed heavily on the defense, although that was not so difficult with this French defence.”
Finally, there was captain Granit Xhaka, who according to Van Vaerenbergh “played like Xavi”. “He sent fantastic balls. It was always a bit less at Arsenal. He also has some concerns off the field. But he is always good with the national team.”