The greatest football match of Euro Cup 2016 is all set to begin between France and Portugal which will unleash the most awaited clash between the top notch player of the world, Cristiano Ronaldo and his European competitor, Antoine Griezmann. The match will decide the new champion of European football.
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Here are the key factors that will decide the fate of the final of this Euro 2016
How will France play against Cristiano Ronaldo:
While planning tactics and strategy, it is important to plan a map to tackle the strongest part of the opposition. In the final of the Euro 2016, it is very important to chalk-out a strategy against star player Ronaldo. The Real Madrid man is the first footballer who will be playing the fourth European championship final.
The host team has already acknowledged, they will have to limit the Portuguese star. The right-back of France, Bacary Sagna, said, “He’s one of the best in the world, if not the best. As a defender you have to give him as little space as possible.”
Being a constant threat, he has scored superb header against Wales, fired an amazing back-heel against Hungary to help Portugal win the lead.
The coach of French team, Didier Deschamps has also warned his team against Ronaldo, “In football, the major challenge is fighting against speed and his game in the air. Limiting his influence will be key for us.”
France’s formation is the key!
France coach Didier Deschamps is probably ready with the ground formation against Portugal. A very special defensive performance is fairly required from the French players.
After winning game against Germany in Marseille, Deschamps may carry on with the 4-2-3-1 plan – the same tactics they used against the world champion. French star player Antoine Griezmann was, with two others, deployed at the mid-field, right behind main striker Olivier Giroud.
The starting formation against Germany will probably get nod for the final as well. But, a little tweaking is also expected to shock the Portugal team.
The devil history against Portugal
With one of the most popular footballers of the world, Portugal could never win a major trophy. Despite, Ronaldo being voted as World Player for three times in last 12 years, Portugal remained a country with no title.
The former footballer who played the 2004 finale of Euro with Ronaldo and faced a defeat against Greece, on their home soil, Ricardo Carvalho, said, “Now the moment has come to remember and learn from the mistakes we made. Maybe we were over-confident because we were playing at home, we had knocked out teams like Spain and Holland and our opponents were Greece.”
“Now we have the opportunity to win a competition that we lost in painful fashion.”
Even the history supports the host team with statistics. France have won last 10 matches against Portuguese since going down 2-0 in a friendly in 1975. The head-to-head record in all three major matches includes 3-0 victory for the French team.