The sensational elimination at the hands of Switzerland in the round of 16 of the world champions of France, great favorites to the Euro2020 triumph, leaves important aftermath. At home we investigate in search of causes and reasons that may have led to such a debacle. According to the transalpine newspaper L’Equipe, the first cracks in the Bleus’ dressing room would have arisen after the friendly match against Bulgaria played just before the start of the continental event, when Giroud would have sent a text message to Mbappé complaining about the few passages received. The Chelsea striker’s message would have been addressed to the whole team, but the PSG champion would have instead understood it as an attack on himself. From there on, the former jewel of Monaco would have assumed an indolent and moody attitude that would have gradually irritated the whole squad available to Deschamps, in particular Steve Mandanda, Hugo Lloris and Moussa Sissoko.
Dembélé, Pogba, Rabiot, Mbappé and the hotel: what happened to France
A further blow on a psychological level, the transalpine national team would have experienced it with the injury suffered by Ousmane Dembélé. Thus we arrive at the epilogue, the nefarious eighth final with Switzerland, the theater of numerous disputes between Juventus Adrian Rabiot and former Juventus player Paul Pogba, with the first who would have repeatedly reproached the United star for a lack of aptitude for sacrifice and defensive retreats. A similar situation would also have occurred between Varane and Pavard. All while, in the stands, Rabiot’s mother, quarreled with the families of Pogba and Mbappé. Also according to L’Equipe, the climate of tension was emphasized by continuous movements of the Bleus which, unlike Italy, Spain, England, did not benefit from a fixed location during the three matches of the group.