With Portugal still basking in the euphoria of their European Championship triumph, large chunk of the french faithful still find it hard to believe how they allowed what seemed like a destined Euro-triumph slip .
Questions will definitely be raised about the tactical ounce of Didier Deschamps, not taking anything away from the fact that Les Bleu had a good tournament , in a competition that boast of European heavy weights, a place in the final was always going to be a commendable feat.
The furore is about Deschamps choice of player selection , this came to fore in the final again. His preference for Pierre Gignac over a more potent Anthony Martial not only seem weird but completely out of logic, the later posses more attacking quality than a Gignac who is in the twilight of his career that bloomed at OM(when Deschamps was gaffer) peharps this was the yardstick for his continual inclusion ahead of the Manchester United man. The removal of Sissoko when Pogba was having a game to forget, raised few eye brows.
Not to take anything away from a Portuguese side that stood up to be counted against all odds , when every bookmakers and pundit seem sure of a French win ,Santos and his troops held on to write a new chapter in Portuguese sport history. One can only but congratulate this triumphant side . As the dust settle in France, countdown shift to the Olympic games in Rio and the start of the European season sometime next month. From the stable of football411,wishing everyone a grand summer .
Piece by : Lanre Banjoko
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