“Air Monitor”, “brilliant Lloris”: the press does not skimp on the compliments to the French

When subsided emotional outbursts associated with the release of the French team in the final of the world Cup for the second time in the twenty-first century and the third in history, when police were able to cope with the ugly antics, which for some reason in Paris go hand in hand with football euphoria, the time has come analysts. Former players, journalists and TV reporters in one voice praised the defensive ranks of the tricolor.

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“It was insurmountable blue wall that stood before the blows of the best attacks of the world championship, — says the website of the weekly “France football”. — So we owe our protection. And it was the perfect illustration of the fact that instilled in the team head coach Didier Deschamps. This is his concept of the stages of the tournament. Using not very symmetrical, but to build an effective 4-2-3-1, when Matuidi moved to the left, and Mbappe right, our players blocked the “red devils” who had to change tactics during the game. The only threat came, perhaps, from the Belgians hazard and Mertens — in those cases when they used the wide flanks. And in the end could punish the French team, but that didn’t happen. We are not overawed by the abundance of Belgian talent that, of course, no one casts doubt on: 14 goals in 5 games of the tournament — a mathematical proof”.

In the form of Igor Akinfeev felt the French goalkeeper is also the team captain, Hugo Lloris: “He spent another a unique match and can rightfully be called the hero of the semi-finals. If about everybody in General we can say that worked well, the goalkeeper shone! Special saves he made in the 22nd and 81st minutes. That was truly disturbing. Now before the finals and the team and the whole country felt toward the captain sense of confidence.”

The phrase “Air Monitor” can be a nickname of the French defender. “If we talk about the title of player of the match, it need to give the player defensive line. Varan this Tuesday was a real king air. But the task to block Lukaku and Fellaini was incredibly difficult! He has dealt with this unmatched expected flight path of the ball and predicted the emergence of attacking players on the ball. Only one time he made a mistake, it was in the 16th minute.”

The French compared the Belgian Kevin de bruyne, with Lionel Messi, whose first tricolor was sent home with the team in the playoffs. “The Belgian was very active, moving between the lines. Our guys of the player Manchester city are rightly feared and favored. Not individually, but collectively. And in fact, the attack was cut off from his assists. We need to maintain all opportunities and this focus on England or Croatia on July 15. And then everything will be great!”


Football. Championship of the world. Semi-final‑1

France — Belgium — 1:0 (0:0)

Umtiti, 51 (1:0).

France: Lloris (K). Pavard, Hernandez, Varane, Umtiti. Pogba, Kant, Matuidi (Tolisso, 86). Mbappe, Fat (N’zonzi, 85), Griezmann.

Belgium: Courtois. Kompany, Alderweireld, Vertonghen. Chadli (Batchwise, 90+1), De bruyne, dembélé (Mertens, 60), Witsel, Fellaini (Carrasco, 80), hazard (to). Lukaku.

Saint Petersburg, “Saint Petersburg”, 64 286 spectators.

The 2018 world Cup . Chronicle of events

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