This softness was perceptible in comments of Grégoire Margotton and Bixente Lizarazu. "The French team has an obligation to result," launches TF1 's sports reporter, while former international France repeats in a loop that "all this lacks conviction, aggression."
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The result is re, but it seems preferable not to brag about it. At end of match, it was as if everyone had given mselves word: coaches, players, commentators and supporters. "We are very happy," says Antoine Griezmann, one of heroes of match, but his eyes contradicted his words. It was a lack of enthusiasm.Lead Soles
No politician in foreground, no real star had made move. No apartment between François Holland and Nicolas Sarkozy, as in VIP lodges of Paris-Saint-Germain. No "unsubmissive" eir in bleachers. If players were running, y quickly hooked up lead soles, to point that in middle of second half, Bixente Lizarazu even feared to fall asleep.
It is imagined that Russian campaign in 1812, when Napoleon left with "Marie-Louise" – soldiers who were barely 20 years old – had same affronts. It is long and fraught with pitfalls road that leads to Moscow. So far Tuesday evening re was no Berezina. The match against Belarus was much less than one on Saturday against Bulgaria.
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But here, French team has this immense talent to dramatize its qualification. It is in front of a selection of Eastern Europe that is only 77th to FIFA ranking that it has played to scare itself. "There is nothing more beautiful than playing a World Cup," explained breeder Didier Deschamps, before game. To believe on Tuesday that greatest joys are silent.