It is about 2 years that France beat Germany 2-0 in Euros semi-finals. The triumphant win against the world champions gave The blues confidence of victory in the finals and assurance of the title of Europe’s best.
However, the July 10th game against Portugal didn’t go as planned. France lost. Two years later in the world cup, France with a chance to win the title of World champions, is determined not to make the same mistake.
Blaise Matuidi as well as 8 other team players who played in the Euro 2016 has learned the lessons of what went wrong in 2016 and is transmitting it to the rest of the current squad. He keeps reminding his teammates that nothing has been done.
“We were too euphoric after beating Germany. It felt like it was the final and that we had won it. We thought the Euro was done, that it was ours even before playing against Portugal, We got complacent two years ago. Not this time. We are happy we are in the final, but it is a different feeling. We know the job is not done yet,” says Olivier Giroud as reported by ESPN
“We are keeping our feet well on the ground. We are not getting carried away this time. We know what we did wrong two years ago,” admits Barcelona centre-half, Samuel Umtiti.