France’s Path to the Euro 2020

The qualification phase for the Euro 2020 tournament is set. France, the reigning World Cup Champions are preparing for their next big challenge. After hoisting their second World Championship in Russia this past summer, France is hungry to hoist their third Euro title.

France will encounter obstacles in their path to reaching the Euro.  Iceland had a remarkable campaign back at the Euro 16 followed by a disappointing run at the 2018 World Cup, although they shocked the world by tying with Argentina. Iceland has proved in the past that underestimating them turns out to be a very costly mistake.

Turkey hasn’t qualified for a World Cup since 2002 where they finished in third place although back in Euro 2008, Turkey made it to the semifinals. Overall, since their 2002 World Cup triumph, Turkey has suffered one disappointment after another, but regardless, they can be tricky and France has to watch out for anything Turkey might throw at them.

France’s other three opponents are Andorra, Moldova, and Albania. Those three teams should be no trouble for France, although, during their World Cup qualifying campaign, France suffered draws against small nations such as Belarus and Luxembourg. Long story short, France has struggled against small nations in the past in qualification phases. France needs to avoid that. They have to take advantage and come up big to boost confidence. However, they must avoid arrogance as arrogance is a quick way for things to go into disarray. The most important thing France has to keep in mind is that there’s no such thing as an easy game.

France is going to need a healthy team with focus. As healthy and focused as they were when they won the World Cup. Young players such as Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard, Ousmane Dembele and Kylian Mbappe are eager to keep their momentum going. Veterans like Paul Pogba, Olivier Giroud, N’Golo Kante, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Hugo Lloris, Antoine Griezmann, and Blaise Matuidi are ready to take their international careers to the next level.

France has to take it one step at a time. Win one game and focus on the other. But avoid reminiscing about the past. For France, they know that focusing on the past is going to affect their future in a bad way. Overall, there’s no excuse and reason for France to not qualify for this tournament.  France cannot afford to go from winning the World Cup to failing to qualify for the Euro. It would send the French Football Federation into a complete disarray.

After winning their first World Cup title back in 1998, France would go on to win the Euro in 2000. By doing so, France became the first International team to become European Champions as the World Champions. France is looking to do it again.

 

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