On paper, a team including Simakan, Badiashile, Koné, Adli, Cherki and Le Fée still looks good. But Sylvain Ripoll’s Bleuets were able to see, in a friendly on Saturday in Leicester, what separated them from the favorite selections at the next Euro, which will take place from June 21 to July 8 in Romania and Georgia. In the blow until the 49th minute of play (0-0), this France Espoirs team then crashed spectacularly on the English obstacle.
Lille goalkeeper Lucas Chevalier conceded four goals in 36 minutes in the second half, in the wake of Gunner Emile Smith-Rowe (1-0, 50th). The French coach was well aware that this was more than a setback, after a fourteen-game unbeaten run in the face of significantly less adversity in qualifying.
“It’s a good slap, which reminds us that a match is played for 90 minutes, slipped Sylvain Ripoll. We cannot forget ourselves as we did for a quarter of an hour. We self-destructed on this match because the first period was rather interesting. The second is just not acceptable: start with so much softness and technical approximations. But sometimes the slaps allow you to bounce back”, From Tuesday (6:30 p.m. in Vannes) for a last test before the Euro against Spain, another serious contender for the conquest of the continental Grail in the Espoirs category?