EURO 2021; Kylian Mbappé had a terrible night in Bucharest, ending with a missed shot on goal that ended Les Bleus’ run.
Kylian Mbappé missed the decisive penalty kick against Switzerland in the last eight on Monday (3-3, 4-5). It’s not just a matter of a few minutes, » he said, « it’s also a matter of a few minutes of a few minutes. « I wanted to help the team but I failed, » he admitted.
Zero goals at Euro 2020
Indeed, except for his first game against Germany where he took advantage of defensive lapses to take the depth; Mbappé made three other very complicated games. The Parisian was completely muzzled against the Hungarian low block in the draw of the French team (1-1) ; the Parisian was not much more brilliant against Portugal; even if he provoked the penalty leading to the equalization of France. At the end of the group phase ; the French staff could however be reassured with the winning return of Karim Benzema: « So far so good, so far so good ».
But against Switzerland on Monday evening ; all the inaccuracies and doubts surrounding Mbappé were confirmed, for the greatest misfortune of the French team. It was a very poor performance, even though he provided a decisive pass for Karim Benzema and made a good deflection for the second goal. The native of Bondy did not hit a single shot on target (6 attempts). The best scorer of Ligue 1 will simply not have found the net in this Euro 2020.
Hero of Les Bleus against Croatia or Argentina at the 2018 World Cup; « Kylian is deeply sad, like all the players. Nobody can blame him. From the moment he takes responsibility, it can happen. It’s not just a matter of the team’s performance ; it’s also a matter of the team’s performance in the World Cup. « I’m not sure if I’m going to be able to do that, but I’m sure I’m going to be able to do that. I’m not worried about that, the group is united and supportive, it has always been.
It was a great opportunity for us to get to know each other better, » he said, « and we’re going to be able to talk to each other and see what happens. It was a very interesting experience for us to see how the team is doing in the first half of the tournament. This situation led Mbappé to respond to him, a few days later, in a press conference, which led to tensions in the squad even before the start of the competition.
Whatever the case, there is not only one culprit, and it is time to take stock of Les Bleus’ performance in this Euro. It will be necessary to raise the head quickly ; because in a little more than a year the World Cup will be played in Qatar. It remains to be seen which men will be on the trip.
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