It’s hardly surprising to see that France are one of the favourites to win Euro 2020 when one simply looks at the attacking threats at their disposal.
Forgetting their formidable midfield that includes stars like N’Golo Kante and Paul Pogba, it’s the French forwards of Kylian Mbappe, Antoine Griezmann and Karim Benzema that will be keeping defenders up at night.
Mbappe Can Make a Statement
There is plenty of debate as to who will be the next biggest attacking star in the game going forward, as the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi approach the end of their glittering careers. Mbappe is certainly in the conversation when it comes to the next generation of superstars, and the 22-year-old will be looking to shine on the big stage again this summer.
Having already won the World Cup back in 2018 with France, who are 9/2 in the Euro 2021 odds to win the tournament this summer, Mbappe already has experience of what it takes to claim a major title on the international stage. It’s frightening to think what the Paris-born star might achieve in the future. Already one of the best players in world football, Mbappe is likely to be at the top of his game for the next decade, so it comes as no surprise that PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has openly said that the French giants will never sell their prize asset.
Griezmann Out to Silence Doubters
Griezmann’s dream move to Barcelona back in 2019 has not gone exactly as the former Atletico Madrid star would have hoped. Barca did win the La Liga title in his first campaign at the club, but since then they have fallen behind the likes of Atleti and Real Madrid. Griezmann has had his doubters over the last couple of seasons, but the 30-year-old is still regarded by many to be one of the top strikers in the game.
Griezmann has a strong record for his country and is the fourth top scorer for the French national team. Also a World Cup winner, Griezmann is likely to play just in behind the front two, and will be looking to create opportunities as well as getting on the scoresheet himself at Euro 2020.
Benzema Back in From the Cold
In what could well be a masterstroke from manager Didier Deschamps, Real Madrid star Karim Benzema has been brought back into the France set-up ahead of the major tournament this summer. The hard-working forward was the joint-second-highest goalscorer in La Liga this season, with the 33-year-old bagging 23 goals during the campaign.
Benzema’s efforts at the Santiago Bernabeu were enough to see the former Lyon striker return to the international frame, and now he will be looking to make up for lost time after missing out on the last World Cup in Russia. The veteran has a wealth of experience, and alongside Mbappe and Griezmann, it makes for arguably the most exciting front three at Euro 2020.
France have been world and European champions at the same time before, and with this trio in attack, Les Bleus might just be able to do it again.