Last night, France faced the English and gave them a lesson that will go down in history. After losing almost all their major players to injury before the world cup, France’s combination of youth, experience and excellent coaching proved too much for the English. The three lions roared but did not bite France enough to beat them.
The heroes of the game were, oddly enough, the same players that the English media and players were mocking for being the weak links in the team. Lloris and Giroud had a great game last night; the goalkeeper seemed to have 4 hands because, aside from a simple penalty, Lloris was everywhere, stopping every shot. So was Giroud, who, if not for the lack of offense, seemed to be aiming for every shot on goal, but even with his teammates’ lack of offensive prowess, he still managed to win the game once again for France. Despite all the taunts they faced during their careers, they will forever be legends of French football.
During the match, France gave England every chance when they were leading, it looked like they were young and inexperienced. The French decided not to press the English after scoring the first goal, which gave the English the opportunity to keep attacking without any French counterattack.
Despite all this, the French persevered and managed to beat a very well organized English team that is one of the best English teams of the last 30 years. Once again, the English were arrogant and have been saying since 1966 “see you in four years”. What the English fans and media don’t seem to understand is that while they are gradually developing their talent, the rest of the great nations are improving exponentially, and the three lions are bound to get their hearts broken again because of it.
It is clear that there will never be an improvement on the English side as long as the media and the fans continue to have this selfish view of always being the favorites and disrespecting the other nations and players.