The Euro 2016 final is what everyone has been waiting for, the two best European teams battle it out in “the city of lights” Paris. Parc des Princes will be completely lit by fans, football, but more importantly, passion for the game today as Portugal take on host nation France for the final round of the competition. While Portugal just nicked through into the knockout stage due to the new 3rd placed team rule and then barely knocked out Croatia and Poland, France has been a dominating force conquering all that came their way. France are favourites to win, however, one must not take the Ronaldo side lightly. Both teams have plenty of match winners but here’s looking at a few key players who can turn the tide in favour for their team.
5. Laurent Koscielny
The French defence hasn’t impressed so far in the tournament despite the vast improvements in their previous match, it still remains a concern for them. Koscielny was the man who grabbed eyes in their semi-final match, as he was rock solid in the back and his marking was perfect. He kept Muller out of the game and got a well deserved clean sheet.
The major problem France face is that Koscielny hasn’t got the perfect partner so far in the tournament. Having partnered with Umtiti and Rami on occasion, he clearly misses having captain Raphael Varane alongside him. He will be under the spotlight today as he will have to mark Ronaldo who is on the move all the time and the aerial threat he proposes is entirely impossible to deal with. The way Portugal play, Laurent will surely have to deal with numerous crosses and will have to be at his best. So if France wins today he will play a major role in the victory.