Spain and France will meet in the European Football Championship final match at San Siro Stadium in Milan, Italy next Sunday after a week in which the tournament in its second edition has only reached her goals.
The European Football Association (UEFA) launched the tournament in 2018 amid ambiguity over its organization and doubts about its necessity given the presence of the European Championships and the World Cup and the interest of the teams in them.
UEFA responded to this, claiming that replacing friendlies with official matches in a tournament that includes the participation of the Carré d’Or teams in the semi-finals would provide more fan enjoyment, greater satisfaction and feeling. of achievement for players.
Over the current week, the league games have certainly provided all the excitement and quality the public has been looking for, and anyone who has watched the events in the stadium live or on television unanimously agreed that the players had does something really big and special.
In fact, this tournament, despite its short duration, had the same effect as the tournaments which last longer and take a lot of time for preparation and other arrangements, such as travel for teams and chaperones.
Spain’s victory over European champion Italy 2-1 in Milan last Wednesday, and France’s 3-2 victory over Belgium in Turin a day later in the semifinals, were accompanied by ‘a performance that was nothing less than competition in the late stages of major international tournaments. The final match next Sunday is also expected to be at the same level.
France are world champions and have a triple line of attack that cannot be surpassed by anyone, represented by the speed and skill of Kylian Mbappe and the abilities of Karim Benzema to put an end to attacks, in addition to strength. and the effectiveness of Antoine Griezmann.
Spain have gone through a period of transition under coach Luis Enrique in training and style as well, and against Italy the team gave a glimpse of their next destination.
Luis Enrique has sought to build on the efforts of young players who don’t have much experience, like 17-year-old midfielder Gavi, who got off to a successful start with the first team after appearing in just three times with his Barcelona team.
Due to an injury, Spain have been deprived this week of the efforts of great strikers Alvaro Morata and Gerard Moreno, but in their absence Ferran Torres, the Manchester City player, has lived up to the challenge even though he was mostly winger, but he excelled. in midfield and scored two goals for his country against Italy.
Although Spain still love possession of the ball, performances vary quickly in the midfield and in the great outdoors, while Mikel Oyarzabal and Pablo Sarabia were a clear threat against Italy, in addition to the brilliance of the young alternative, Yeremi Pino, as well.
France coach Didier Deschamps turned his squad to 3-4-3, and Benjamin Pavard and Theo Fernandez posed a big threat against Belgium and it will be interesting to see who controls the wide open spaces in the final.
At the end of Sunday evening’s final, only one team will win the European League of Nations trophy, and everyone will immediately realize that this is an insignificant achievement, even if the prize does not correspond to the status of the European Cup which Italy was crowned last July.