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UEFA Euro 2020 Flop France, Belgium Seek Redemption in Nations League

The Nations League semi-finals in Turin on Thursday faced two of the biggest disappointments of the European Championship.

Kylian Mbappe and the French team, like their rival Belgium, are looking for redemption in the Nations League.

Mbappe was made somewhat of a scapegoat for France’s failure at Euro 2020 after missing a decisive penalty in France’s loss to Switzerland in the Round of 16.

The 22-year-old forward was criticized by fans and even his teammates, with Olivier Giroud saying some individuals were not going to him to go in the France opener against Germany.

In a far-reaching interview this week, Mbappe said he was made to feel like a problem for the French national team and would have liked more support from his teammates.

However, France coach Didier Deschamps did not want to address Mbappe’s concerns with the media.

“Listen, I don’t know what he said, I don’t read those things, I’m not interested in it,” Deschamps said. “The most important thing is that I saw him, we talked about it, as we did long before we heard the interview. … The most important thing for me is that I discussed it internally and directly with the player. is of.

“Kylan is happy to be here and like all his teammates, he is looking forward to tomorrow. What happened, what happened. We can’t go back, neither him, nor me, nor anyone. So what is important is today and Tomorrow.”

World champions France were one of the favorites to win Euro 2020 and their loss to Switzerland came as a big blow – not least as Les Blaise was leading 3-1 with 15 minutes to go.

Despite being a team full of talent, France failed to advance to the tournament and won only one match, its first match against Germany.

Deschamps was asked whether winning the Nations League had become more important after France’s failure in the summer.

“Honestly, no,” he said. “We can’t change what happened.”

Top-ranked Belgium are also looking to atone for a disappointing Euro 2020 campaign. Italy beat Belgium 2–1 in the quarter-finals on the way to Azurri’s European champions.

Belgium will also seek revenge on its mind as the last time they met France was in the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup, when Roberto Martinez’s side lost 1-0.

When asked about how the team was in the dressing room immediately after the match, Belgian midfielder Yuri Tielemans said, “It was a big disappointment.” He said, ‘I don’t want to miss it much because when you play a big tournament like this and you get so close to the final. You can almost touch it. … it was tough.”

While Belgium’s Thorgan Hazard – brother of Real Madrid star Eden Hazard – was ruled out of the game on Wednesday, there could still be a pair of siblings on the field. Lucas Hernandez (Bayern Munich) and Theo Hernandez (AC Milan) can line up together in defense and midfield for France.

“It hasn’t happened (with France) for a long time, I think the last time was the Revelli brothers (Herv and Patrick) in the early 1970s,” Deschamps said. “I would not see them as two brothers, but as two players.”

The winner will face Spain in Sunday’s final in Milan. Spain defeated European champions Italy 2–1 in the semi-finals.

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