The League of Nations went to France. The board belonged to Luis Enrique, but football, no matter how much prominence we want to give to the coaches, will always be for the footballers. Karim Benzema raised his national team again after the first goal, as he did against Belgium. Then, he scrambled between five defenses; but this time an impressive shot was taken at the squad to change the story of this final. There is no one better today than the Real Madrid striker in decision-making. Each Karim game, in recent times, has become a “masterclass” of intelligence, game reading and winning gene, when his team suffered the most.
The finishing touch was given by Kylian Mbappé, in what seemed like a flagrant out of fire, but that the VAR considered good after the touch of Eric García, who was only trying to cut off the advance and not play the ball. Before Unai Simón, the Frenchman did not get nervous, he cheated with the bicycle, and pushed it under the body of the Spanish goal. There a dream collapsed, above all, due to the great performance of Luis Enrique’s team, who submitted the French team for many minutes, took the ball from him, made him chase ghosts, but he lacked depth and finished plays, which was the only one has to.
Luis Enrique, so unfortunate in his comments leading up to the semi-final, showed that he knows a lot about this. With a very young team, he had a magnificent staging before the demands of two very high-level opponents such as Italy, current European champion, and France, current world champion. Gavi, his great bet, has been a discovery for his self-confidence despite being the youngest to debut with La Roja and Busquets’ performances show that something is not being done well at Barça, because playing clothed, he is still one of the highest ranking midfielders on the continent.
However, although they have less press for not playing in Madrid or Barça, the reality is that the two best in Spain in these two games have been Marcos Alonso and Mikel Oyarzabal, two extraordinary left-handers. The coach may be criticized for not having a nine-finisher in the final siege, but the truth is that Lloris responded with two anthological saves and Spain fell on their feet.
The two forwards from France are two of the top five in the world. That explains why France has another title on its record and that Spain has stayed with the honey on its lips, leaving a good image.