The event that revolved around the year 2020 is a true definition of the statement of fact that man proposes, God disposes. All plans to hold the Euro 2020 have been concluded not until an unprecedented outbreak of the ravaging corona virus led to the postponement of the tournament. Albeit delayed, but business is back as usual. The European Championship is finally under way. A new era an alluring but cutthroat European Championship football.
With the commencement of the rescheduled Euro 2020, France President Emmanuel Macron has showered his words of support to the French team ahead of the tournament. As all eyes are on the 2018 World Cup winners to replicate their mouthwatering World Cup showpiece in the European Championship, the President has encouraged his countrymen to show the desirous intent of winning the trophy as he believes that the team who is resolute in their determination to win the title will ride home the glory. He predicated his assertion on the fact that France were crowned World Champion in 2018 for they wanted the trophy the most and as such, the onus is on the team to reprise that feat.
“The team that wins the competition will be the one that wants it most. I believe that very profoundly. In 2018, France wanted it the most, we have to match that,” he said.
In his address to the France National team, Macron noted that the squad is filled with a lot of quality players who have made their mark at the biggest stages of world football and therefore should not see the Euros as a platform to advertise their individual self. “You have nothing to prove, you are truly great players,” rather, what should be the Les Blues main focus is how best to work as a team. The President emphasizing on the importance of team play as opposed to individual brilliance has this to say:
“…the squad is stronger than each individual… we have the best individuals on paper for the Euros, there is no doubt. But it is together that they are much stronger, through the ability to sacrifice themselves for each other, for the quality of play and the team.”
The 25th French President urged the team to see the presence of fans — who will cheer the players while in play — as a source to inspire them towards attaining success.
“The are going to be back in front of fans a lot of them…the 2 million French men and women who love football can return to train since yesterday, it is extraordinary.”
France will have to battle the tournament-defending champion Portugal alongside Germany and Hungary in a dog-eat-dog group F tie in order to secure qualification to the next stage of the competition. They will however need to be at their possible best to advance through to the knockout phases.
Didier Deschamps’s side will kickstart their campaign when they pay visit to Allianz Arena in Munich to face Joachim Low’s German side on the 13th June, 2021.