Date: 16th June 2021
Time: 12:30 AM IST
Venue: Allianz Arena, Germany
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France are among the strong favourites to win Euro 2020 along with Belgium and Portugal. Les Bleus start their bid for glory with a clash against Germany, who are currently going through a rebuilding phase. Didier Deschamps's France are ranked No. 2 in the FIFA world rankings and will be determined to get their campaign off to a good start. While Germany boss Joachim Low will be hoping to end his 15-year spell in charge of Germany with a winning campaign.
France forward Karim Benzema, who sustained a knee injury during a friendly on Tuesday, said that he is at his 100% fitness. Meanwhile, Antoine Griezmann and Raphael Varane have shaken off knocks to be available for this match.
Jonas Hofmann is out of this match with a knee injury.
France suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016. They have been widely tipped to go all the way this time around. But first they have to get out of a tricky group F containing Germany, Portugal and Hungary. The four best third-placed teams will also qualify for the quarter-finals and this could see France, Portugal and Germany all progress.
Germany are likely to play the same 3-4-3 system they have been using for a long time under Joachim Low. Germany have no shortage of attacking options with a power-packed forward line consisting of some of world’s best attackers. Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz look set to start against France. While France themselves have no shortage of world-class attackers with Griezmann, Mbappe and Benzema leading their attack.
Kai Havertz enjoyed an excellent season with Chelsea as he scored the winning goal in Champions League final against Manchester City and he will surely be a danger to France defence. Meanwhile, France will hope that Benzema can replicate his club form at the international level. The best captain and vice-captain voices for this match will be Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema, Kroos, Pogba, Muller and Gnabry.
Probable Playing XI
Lloris; Pavard, Varane, Kimpembe, Hernandez; Kante, Pogba, Rabiot; Griezmann; Mbappe, Benzema
Neuer; Ginter, Hummels, Rudiger; Kimmich, Kroos, Gundogan, Gosens; Havertz, Muller; Gnabry
Defenders: Hummels, Rudiger, Pavard, Kimpembe
Midfielders: Gnabry, Kimmich, Kroos, Gundogan, Pogba
Forwards: Griezmann, Mbappe, Benzema, Muller
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