France is once again represented on the football planet. Six French will be concerned between the final of the Champions League, those of the Europa League and the Conference League. But who are they?
No need to hide, he is the most anticipated French player. In the running to win his first Ballon d’Or, Karim Benzema is having a sensational season. Real Madrid can count on their captain to try to win the 14th Cup with big ears in their history.
KB9’s stats are impressive this season in the Champion’s League. If he scores in this final at the Stade de France, he will beat the record that was held by Cristiano Ronaldo with 10 goals in the UCL knockout phase. 15 goals during this European campaign for the Madrid player, 9 goals in his last 10 Champions League matches. Have no fear, Benzema assumes all pressure.
At 19, Eduardo Camavinga has shown significant signs of maturity this season with Real Madrid. Difficult to find a place in the middle when your teammates are called Luka Modric, Toni Kross and Casemiro but the young French international was not impressed.
Carlo Ancelotti has never started in the Champions League since the round of 16, but when the former Stade de Rennes player appeared on the pitch, he almost always did his team good. There are a few La Liga games left to convince his coach, Eduardo is ready to light up the Stade de France.
What if Ferland Mendy had qualified his team for the LDC final? We didn’t see him much on Wednesday evening and yet the former Lyonnais was decisive. He saves a ball on the line in the 87th minute. If it ended at the bottom, the Merengue would certainly have said goodbye to a 17th LDC final. Almost in the wake of the rescue, Real Madrid equalized.
The native of Yvelines has had a complicated season from a physical point of view with repeated injuries and absences (only a little over 2,500 minutes played TCC this season) but he promises to be the favorite to start on the left .
Ibrahima Konaté will be the only Frenchman on the Reds side to play in this final. If the former Leipzig player plays little in the Premier League, this is not the case in the Champions League.
The central defender has the confidence of Jürgen Klopp and gives it back: he has started in 7 of the last 8 UCL games with Liverpool. The Frenchman played 90 minutes each time with the added bonus of two goals against Benfica. The defense of Meringue is warned, Konaté will be dangerous on a corner.
Jordan Veretout will play his first final with AS Roma against Feyenoord Rotterdam. He will not be the most anticipated player in this final but he could go down in history by becoming the first French player to win the Europa Conference League.
Sparkling last season, the former FC Nantes player confirms this season with José Mourinho. Decisive in Serie A (4 goals and 8 assists in 33 games), it is more complicated in Europe: low timing and involved in no goal in the knockout phase. The native of Ancenis is not the favorite to start as a starter. the “Special One” seems to have found its starting midfielder.
Evan Ndicka will be the only French player on the lawn of Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán for the Europa League final between Eintracht and Rangers. The objective for him and his teammates is simple: to bring a second Europa Cup to the German club after 1980.
The player trained at AJ Auxerre is an indisputable starter for his coach Oliver Glasner: 870 minutes played this season in the Europa League and more than 2,700 in the Bundesliga. The 22-year-old consistently plays 90 minutes. This first European title could take him to a higher level in his young career.