Les Bleuets face Denmark this Thursday, March 25 at 9 p.m. (live on France 4 and France tv sport), for the first group match of the Euro hopes. A meeting not to be missed under any circumstances.
The pool of players for the France team is dense. In addition to Eduardo Camavinga and Houssem Aouar, who have already experienced a first cap in Didier Deschamps’ team, some Hopes could already be part of the A group. This is particularly the case with Jules Koundé. Solid in the duels and precise in his revivals, the defender of Sevilla FC has all the qualities to make a great group stage of Euro Espoirs. He could then allow himself to dream of a possible convocation of Didier Deschamps, for the Euro.
Aurélien Tchouaméni is also one of the players to watch. After six complicated months on the Rock, the former Girondins de Bordeaux player has established himself as one of the essential links in the Monegasque midfield. Under the leadership of Niko Kovac, the midfielder scored 2 goals and delivered 3 assists. “I am very happy for him that he is selected with the Espoirs, I congratulated him, and I hope that he will have the opportunity to show his qualities to the French U21 coach.“, analyzed the coach of AS Monaco, in a press conference. Sylvain Ripoll is warned.
In lack of playing time with Olympique Lyonnais, Amine Gouiri signed in Nice last summer. And this decision was the right one. Excellent with the Aiglons, the striker scored 13 goals and delivered 6 assists in the league. Performances that could allow the young player to shine with the Bleuets during the Euro Espoirs.
Semi-finalists of the Euro Espoirs in 2019, the Bleuets are among the favorites of the competition. During this group stage, the Habs will face Denmark this Thursday, March 25, Russia (28) and Iceland (31). If they qualify, Sylvain Ripoll’s men will play the knockout stages from May 31 to June 6.
“We indeed have a team with a lot of potential, and we are the first satisfied, staff and players, to see that it causes a wait. But the wait must generate an action behind, and the stake will be to be up to this expectation “, explained Sylvain Ripoll in press conference. The Bleuets coach can afford to dream, since his team has been waiting for a title in this competition for 33 years, to succeed Laurent Blanc, Eric Cantona and others.
With a few exceptions, the players selected by Sylvain Ripoll should meet in Tokyo, during the Olympic Games. Indeed, during the announcement of his list on March 18, Didier Deschamps explained that some Hopes could finally participate in the Euro with the A.
“You know that I am discussing with Sylvain Ripoll. I made the decision to leave all the players in the Under-21 category to him for this final phase. We will follow them all closely. There will be two more months before I unveils my list for the Euro at the end of May. The France A team will then become a priority againe “, explained the coach of the Blues. However, in his previous lists, Didier Deschamps favored continuity and experience. It’s hard to imagine the tricolor coach going against his habits and calling more than two or three Bleuets, for Euro 2021. Qualified for the first time since 1996, France has been waiting for a title at the Olympic Games since 1984.