The French team faces the reigning Dutch champions this Saturday (9pm) in a New York stadium in Rotherham, which they are beginning to know by heart.
Where to watch the quarter-finals of Les Bleues?
As in all the matches of the French national team during this European Championship, viewers will be able to choose between TF1 and Canal+, which will each broadcast the match next to it. On TF1, the commentary tandem will be the same as for the matches of the blues, specifically Grégoire Margotton and Bixente Lizarazu, while Canal + will line up a Grégoire Marchal-Aline Riera duo. The start will take place at 21.00 and you can also follow this duel live with commentary on Le Figaro Sport.
The end of the quarterback glass ceiling for the Blues?
Euro 2013 and 2017, World Cup 2015 and 2019, Olympic Games 2016. What do these five competitions have in common? The French team systematically disappeared from circulation there in the quarter-finals, either after a cruel penalty shoot-out, or through a narrow defeat on goal difference. She has never been humiliated. But she has never been able to transcend herself to look for this benchmark success capable of taking her to another dimension. Hence the fundamental importance of this quarter-final against Holland, to take a step forward in the media and put an end to this insufficient regularity at this stage of the competition. “ The trust is there“Captain Wendie Renard confided on the subject.”We know that they will tell us that we always stop at quarters. You don’t have to focus on that.Perhaps easier said than done…
Which starting line-up of the French national team?
Every game has its little surprise from the French coach. Inevitably, one wonders where the one who can reserve for the quarter-finals will come from. In defence, after being given a breather against Iceland on July 18, Sakina Karchaoui and Eve Perisset should resume their place in the wings. In the center, Wendie Renard is indisputable. But who will support him? Aïssatou Tounkara, how was the case of Italy and Iceland? Or Griedge Mbock, whom almost everyone imagined as an immovable support to form an axis of Lyon as solid as complementary and used to evolve together? Hard to decide for sure, even if the trend is rather in favor of Mbock.
In midfield, Charlotte Bilbault and Grace Geyoro look essential. There remains a distance duel between Clara Mateo, a real French revelation at the start of the Euros, and Sandie Toletti, more experienced but less convincing on the ground since the start of the competition. Finally, in attack, a surprise is possible. Logic would dictate that the trio of Delphine Cascarino-Melvine Malard-Kadidiatou Diani line up from the start, Malard, with his goal against Iceland, having shown interesting potential to take over from Marie-Antoinette Katoto. But Ouleymata Sarr’s competition may not be completely extinguished, as is Diani’s refocus that paves the way for a Baltimore.
Les Bleues’ likely starting XI:
Peyraud-Magnin – Karchaoui, Mbock, Renard, Perisset – Bilbaud, Geyoro, Mateo – Cascarino, Malard, Diani
What do the Blues think of their rival?
Grace Geyoro: “We know the Netherlands and some players, it’s a beautiful nation with great talents. We will have to find their flaws to develop our game to beat them and qualify. Our ways of playing are similar because we have possession of the ball and players who are quick in transition and technical. There are similarities. It’s up to us to start our game like we managed to do against Italy (5-1, July 10) and maintain that efficiency because in these kinds of games we won’t have many chances. . You will have to drop them.»
Delphine Cascarino: “They are the current champions, they will want to defend their crown. We know that several of their players evolve together in a club. It’s a talented team, there will be impact, something at stake. We want to reach the end of the competition. We will do everything to win, but the other teams are also working and have the same desire to succeed as us.»
Selma Bacha: “It’s a team we’ve seen a lot, he confided. It is an athletic team, at ease technically. The Dutch are very present in the duel, very aggressive. I know two players very well, Daniëlle van de Donk and Damaris Egurrola.»
Clara Mateo: “We will have to start this meeting as we have been able to start them here every time. We manage to be pretty intense from the start. The idea is really to try to keep this pace up to 90.»
Watch out for the poison Vivianne Miedema
Arsenal star and European champion Netherlands striker Vivianne Miedema has been struggling so far this Euro, missing two games due to Covid-19. In this quarter-final, he could therefore arrive without pace, which will not prevent him from being the number 1 danger of the “orange“. Highest scorer in the history of the Netherlands (94 goals), the English Super League and the last Olympic Games… All this, before her 26th birthday, which she celebrated on July 15, which places you as a young person. “She is one of the most talented players I have seen with my own eyes.“The English coach of the Netherlands, Mark Parsons, explains to AFP. “What makes her so special is that she knows football, sees football, constantly thinks about the benefits she can get out of any situation.“.
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The native of Hoogeveen, in the north of the Netherlands, surely has this view from his family of footballers. An aggressive grandfather and father, an aggressive younger brother – what we nicknamed “alive» bathed all his life in the world of football. When she was little, in a harmless face-to-face with a goalkeeper, her young rival broke two teeth in a state of shock – her first memory of football – the Dutchwoman did not give up her passion, on the contrary . Twenty years later, Miedema no longer faces the boys, she has become the queen of face-to-face goalkeepers in the world, disgusted one after another by the technical facility of the former Heerenveen and Bayern de Munich “I’m number 9, so people expect me to score goals. But this particular season, I’m trying to play in a more withdrawn role, kind of like a playmaker to throw off my partners. I want to give the best version of myself“, the player described to AFP. Because Miedema’s panoply is not limited to the pursuit of the goal. “If you give him space behind you, he kills you. If you give him room in the box, he kills you. And if you give him a space in the middle, he will send a very long pass and kill you», lists Mark Parsons. But the blues are not ignorant of any of this.