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Sissoko played well I thought, hope that game can engineer him a move away from Newcastle. I'd like him here but a bit too similar to Kouyate and probably not as good.
Pogba played too deep and was largly ineffective.
Deschamps made a huge error in taking Payet off for Coman. France looked very flat after he went off. They'll be rueing not taking Lacazette, Benzema or Gameiro for sure. Giroud and Martial both had poor tournaments, it was quite comedic how bad Giroud was at times.
Big talking point is the Payet challenge on Ronaldo. Strong challange - yes, intent to foul - probably not. It was a bit of a collision and they banged knees together. They way people are harping on about it on social media really is cringeworthy.
I thought the payet sub was a poor decision and then to take guirod off for someone who has looked awful was questionable
I'd of taken guirod off. Moved payet to the middle. Griesmen up top and brought coeman down left
Both Coman and Gignac made good contributions after coming on. Very harsh to point the finger at the players.
The gameplan though was hard to comprehend.
France made most of their play on the left. Besides trying to combine a few times, there wasn't much in the way of creativity. With Portugal sitting back after a quater of an hour has passed, why not pump the fullbacks up high, why not bring in two tall attackers, so the one you have isn't always guarded by the best centrehalf in the tournament....
Both were very predictable, but it was always Portugal who made the early changes that the French never were able to respond to. Very poor match by Deschamps. Overchuffed they didn't manage to win the competition.
I think that is how we all feel.Let's do it all over again in 2 years time. Meanwhile, it's over and out for me on this thread
I am pleased Portugal won, they have never won anything ever before and imo after the wonderful career Ronaldo has had he deserved to have won a major international trophy and I am delighted for such a great player that he has won this.
I was hoping Italy would lift the trophy but I'm also pleased that Portugal won. We were in Portugal for Euro 2004 for the first round and the Portuguese people were unbelievably filoxenoumenoi (friendly to strangers). When Greece won we were hoping that Portugal would also someday win a big tournament.
I think we hold payet in higher esteem than France do. We always look for him when we have the ball as we know hes the best we have for creating chances or whipping a good cross in. For France, hes just another player.
Which just goes to show the gulf in quality of national teams/squads.
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