Like Kylian Mbappé or Théo Hernandez, many French internationals responded during the group stage of the Champions League. But some situations raise questions. This is especially true of Antoine Griezmann at Atlético.
· Their balance is positive
With seven goals and three assists, Kylian Mbappé (Paris Saint-Germain) was the figurehead of the French contingent. Olivier Giroud (Milan) also shone with four goals and two assistance. Among the Rossoneri, who returned to the second round, Theo Hernandez transformed into a captain in the return stage e Pierre Kalulù he played almost every game, both as a central defender and as a right-back. To Bayern Munich, who have won six times and conceded only two goals, Dayot Upamecano chained assignments e Benjamin Pavard he used 62% of his playing time to score against FC Barcelona and Inter Milan. The latter was mainly used in the axis. Always in defense Clemente Lenglet finds the colors in Tottenham (five games) in front of the captain Hugo Lloristo the point of being decisive in the incredible victory against OM.
As for Marseille, Matteo Guendouzi often it has proved important, despite the last place. Right, without being transcendent, Jonathan Clauss has shown that it can perform on the international stage. On the side of Eintracht Frankfurt, Randal Kolo Muani finished strong with two crucial goals in the last two meetings.
In group F, Christopher Nkunku confirms his previous season with this time three goals and one assist with RB Leipzig. Behind him, the defender mohamed simakan, who is said to “believe” in the Blues, gave satisfaction and even distinguished himself with a goal and three assists. As for Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti knew how to trust Aurelien Tchouameni And Ferland Mendy. With a pot for the latter: Antonio Rüdiger and David Alaba were his favorites during the two games against Leipzig. In the end, Tanguy Ndombele he took advantage of Napoli’s good form to accumulate minutes and finish as a starter when the qualification was acquired.
Their track record is mixed
For some tricolors the balance is mixed due to injuries. Karim Benzema he was only able to play two full games and didn’t have a chance to find the net. In Paris, Presnel Kimpembe he only managed to honor one warrant and then had to settle for 11 minutes against Maccabi Haifa, between two periods in the infirmary. A knee injury was also prevented Ibrahima Konate to get a spot at the start of the season with Liverpool. However, on 1 November he was able to play 90 minutes against Napoli. Unfortunately, he is unsurprising that physical problems were also hampered Kingsley Coman (three games played). His teammate Lucas Hernández he was even less fortunate: he hadn’t played since his second European debut in September.
It is also difficult to judge Jules Koundéstarter in Barça’s two defeats against Bayern Munich and three times absent due to injury. Ousmane Dembele he showed some interesting things with two assists and a goal. But the outside didn’t weigh enough to avoid elimination. And in Chelsea, Wesley Fofanauncertain for the World Cup due to a knee injury, he has only been able to play twice.
For others, bookings are of a sporting nature. Although he scored two goals, Moussa Diaby he failed to be more decisive and scored only one win with Bayer Leverkusen, who returned to the Europa League. At the OM, Jordan Veretout he was consistent, but he didn’t show up as much as Mattéo Guendouzi. To the real, Eduardo Camavinga has not yet crossed a threshold. His missed start against Celtic for the last day seems to be a bad sign. As for Adrian Rabiothe was helpless in the Juventus fiasco, which suffered five defeats including one against weak Maccabi Haifa side.
The balance is rather negative
Another defeat, that of Atlético de Madrid, is a severe blow Antoine Griezmann, who leaves the competition with only one goal and one assist. He was not helped at the beginning of the season by the complications associated with the negotiation between his club and Barça. Thomas Lemar, made only two appearances in this group stage. It was the only victory, however, against Porto in September. At the OM, Dimitri Payet is at a standstill. He has only played two games, one of which is very disappointing against Eintracht Frankfurt. In Paris, Nordi Mukiele he did not convince during his only right-piston assignment.