Wendie Renard from two faces / Euro 2022 / Half / Germany-France / SOFOOT.com

In Les Bleues’ group matches, Wendie Renard shone for her absences in the opposition area and her misses in her own, before showing her own defensive imperiousness against the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. The fourth top scorer of the French women’s team now has a mission to reclaim her famous heading game. And what could be better than signing his big comeback in the semi-finals, he who is the only player in the group who has experienced this stage of the competition?

07/27/2022 at 9 pm.

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Presenting an XXL CV is not always a guarantee of success. A pillar of the Bleues for over ten years, Wendie Renard knows something about this. The tricolor captain does not particularly shine in this phase of the group, chaining errors in anticipation, alignment and passing, which often end in touches. In the opposite area, the defender with 33 goals in 135 options also failed to wedge the minimum header in offensive set pieces. The leading French scorer of the last World Cup with four goals continues to try on English lawns and is the one who has shot the most, with 17 attempts. Including 76% of the head, he from the height of his 87 meters is the highest player in the tournament. Facing Belgium (2-1), where he missed his penalty, Wendie Renard became the first player of the France team to shoot at least eight times without scoring at the Euro since Eugénie Le Sommer, his OL team-mate, who struck nine times against Denmark in 2013. However, none of this worries Amel Majri, another Fenotte who is not part of the French contingent on English soil: “Let’s not forget that in this Euro the goalkeepers have had a lot of success. Against the Netherlands, the goalkeeper kept everything, close to the post with Geyoro, at the end line … He had chances and I think he worked to make it fit. » Facing France, Daphne van Domselaar, the goalkeeper orangealso signed the best performance by a goalkeeper during this Euro, with 11 saves against the Blue.

Captain of the Finals

His OL teammate knows well, he who sends cake after cake after training for his captain’s head: things will return to normal. “In general, the French team can do better in their group matchesleft hand comment. We got to know Wendie better in a few games, so we expect her to be flawless, to score her penalty and everything will be fine. His game against the Netherlands was borderline flawless, but we don’t need to highlight it. He is a player in big competitions and he should be there. » According to him, the best version of Wendie Renard is yet to come. Especially since he had already thought about all his first misses. “If he makes a mistake, he doesn’t have to talk about it, be told it’s okay.says Amel Majri, portraying a very pleasant Wendie, outside of moments of doubt. He knows very well what mistakes he has made, he is disappointed with himself, so he withdraws himself to question himself and do better in the next match. » As a good defensive defender, the OL number 7 also remembers that Wendie Renard was absent from all the preparatory games before the Euros, due to a leg injury.

“He told me that you don’t have to have a rhythmhe reported. But he’s used to it, he knows it’s happened before and it’s no excuse. » Tied to the thigh during the first games, adapted with Aïssatou Tounkara when he had his habits in Griedge Mbock, the excuses for these poor performances are easy to find. However, the captain will not use it. Ten years ago, Wendie Renard failed for the first time in a major international competition and experienced elimination in the semi-finals against the United States. This experience gave him “level crossing allowance” . “On vacation, I watch almost every gamehe said in an interview for the newspaper The group. I did my self-criticism. I took a slap from a high level with experienced attackers, fierce, in the good sense of the word, in the calls, in the game, in everything. I told myself I had to get up to speed. » In England, Wendie Renard is in the running for the Ballon d’Or if there is a victory at the Euros and enjoys a completely different situation, earning him the role of reference for his young teammates, even in bursts of tenderness. . “Now, if you’re in the back row and Wendie gives you advice, you listen period.assured Amel Majri. Not that you have nothing to say, but he is more experienced, that’s respect. »

“Madame Eiffel Tower”

The only player in the group to know the semis of a major competition, Wendie Renard now wants to be the agent of a multi-generational locker room, which can finally dream of reaching the final of a major tournament. “As a captain, he is always in combat, he is very demanding, hardworking, he leaves no chance. Even when we win, he does not want to take it easy. He pulls the whole setsupporting his former teammate. To be a captain, you have to read, talk and assume the field. » Beyond the green square, this is it “Mommy Wendy” , as Selma Bacha likes to call him, he is always there to remind the youngest that the road is long. And plays an important role in the famous group cohesion that breeders love. “If you look at Sweden for example: they have experienced players, but they don’t have the biggest team, no disrespect to them. However, we feel that they breathe a good atmosphere. And that’s what happens in team in FranceAmel Majri explained. This is what Corinne Deacon has done, she mixes generations, and now, I see it in our exchanges: their team is a joke. I could watch their snaps all day it was so funny. It’s a great atmosphere and that’s what makes the difference. » However, on the other side of the Rhine, Wendie Renard herself was erected as an absolute threat to the everyday German. PICTUREwho is his nickname “Madame Eiffel tower” (“Madame Tour Eiffel” on VF), while Les Bleues will get their ticket for the final against the Germans this Wednesday. The article even invites players to Frauen-Nationalmannschaft on “to dishonor one who rules” two faces. The perfect opportunity for Lyonnaise to plant his first Euro pawn?

By Anna Carreau
Amel Majri’s statement collected by AEC.

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