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European Football Championship: Spaniards face semi-final hit: France more than just Mbappé

European Football Championship: Spaniards face semi-final hit: France more than just Mbappé
European Football Championship: Spaniards face semi-final hit: France more than just Mbappé

Spain versus France sounds like top-class football. So far, only the Iberians have shown this at the European Championships. But France has Mbappé. Some Spaniards have now commented on him.

Before the European Championship semi-final against runners-up France, the Spanish have been warned not to focus solely on superstar Kylian Mbappé. “Yes, of course Mbappé is a player who stands out from the others and we have to be careful,” said Leipzig professional Dani Olmo in an interview with “Mundo Deportivo”. “But they also have players like Dembélé, Griezmann, Kanté, who is having a very good tournament, Rabiot… Anyone who plays in these more offensive positions is a player to watch out for, but we will be prepared.”

Olmo was substituted for the injured Pedri after just a few minutes in the quarter-final against Germany (2:1 after extra time) and then became the match winner with a goal and an assist. The RB offensive star could start against the French on Tuesday (9 p.m./ZDF and MagentaTV) in Munich. “We have very good momentum, we are in good form, we are playing very well, we have to keep going like this,” he said.

Nacho: Don’t underestimate minimalist French people

National coach Luis De La Fuente stressed that France’s fast attackers around Mbappé can only be stopped with a united team effort. “It’s important that we help each other,” said the coach in an interview with “As”. He also warned against concentrating exclusively on Mbappé. He recently explained to his winger and young star Lamine Yamal how spaces are freed up on the field when a player draws several opponents to him.

The French have been a huge disappointment at this tournament so far, making it to the semi-finals with just three goals in four games – a penalty by Mbappé and two own goals by the opposition. “At this European Championship they may be a bit more defensive and physical,” defender Nacho told the newspaper “Marca”, adding: “But they are a team that can bring you to your knees, that can corner you for many minutes of the game, and that is exactly what we don’t want.”

Source: Stern

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