Possession soccer is overrated sometimes. Spain couldn’t turn their territorial advantage into goals as France added another feather on to their cap. Spain had 80% more passes than Les Bleus but that didn’t tell the whole story. The number of passes they made in the French 18 yard box were less than their match with the Italians. Much like their match with the Belgians, the first half for France was forgettable as they preferred to sit back and wait to hit on the counter. I don’t blame them with supersonic quick players like Mbappe and Benzema you can be tempted to do that. Spain have shown signs of going back to the La Roja of 10 years ago but they still have weaknesses. They encourage their full backs to go high up the pitch, in particular Chelsea pair of Azpilicueta and Alonso like to do that. The pair’s lack of pace leads to them struggling to come back to cover once the opposition break is on.
Another interesting tweak to the Spain side that beat Italy was the position of their main threat Ferran Torres. He was operating wide on the right leaving Oyarzabal as the center forward. Although the Sociedad man scored Kimpembe and Upamecano were too comfortable for my liking. Game of margins, as soon as Theo hit the woodwork Spain struck. Just a glimmer of a chance to clear for Upamecano which he didn’t take in the build up to the goal. Watch Lloris cover his near post, once beaten twice shy right? If there is an example of confirmation bias that is it there from Hugo, it was a bit too much covering from my liking. So who impressed the most for both teams. For France it was the rising star from Monaco Tchouamani who was in the absence of Rabiot and Kante. He did the mopping up job well offering protection for the back three by dropping back deep when necessary. He edges out Benzema who scored a heck of a goal but we kind of expect it now from the Real Madrid man. For Spain I pick Sergio Busquets who was the best with his breaking up of play in midfield excellent. He capped off the good display by assisting with the Spain goal