France witnessed an early exit from the Euro 2020 competition, as they sacrificed their European title hopes to a spirited Switzerland team, much to everyone’s surprise. So, what went wrong this time, exactly?
Euro 2020 Competition: Mbappe’s not Up to the Mark
The poor form of one of France’s youngest, yet finest players was one of the main reasons for the country’s early exit from the Euros this year. Mbappe had a fantastic season for Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. Mbappe has had one of his poorest seasons on the pitch, with only one assist and no goals in four appearances. To make matters worse, he squandered a golden opportunity to score against Switzerland and then missed the penalty that knocked the world champions out of Euro 2020.
Faults in Team Selection
Given their defensive issues, Deschamps made the wrong decision by including Clement Lenglet in the team. The Barcelona center-back had a poor season with his club and, more crucially, did not appear in any of France’s tournament matches, including friendly matches. The exit of France is stunning, but it isn’t the end of the world for them; rather, it is a minor blip on the radar. It was a night when the brave were favored by the gods. Switzerland’s attitude was more tenacious and courageous. In the penalty shootout, they were finally rewarded. Les Bleus will, without a doubt, return to the arena as favorites in the next competition they compete in, owing to their depth and class