Tottenham Hotspur did not come to play! They beat Real Madrid 3-1 and advanced to the knockout stage of the Champions League and I am overjoyed this evening. Dele Alli scored a brace (27′, 56′) and Christian Eriksen scored one (65′) as well before Cristiano Ronaldo scored a token goal in the 80th minute. No clean sheet for Hugo Lloris, but Spurs was simply OUTSTANDING! They even managed to shut my bias commentators up.
What a historic night to remember!
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!
With goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, France went on to win 2-1 against Belarus in their last WCQ game winning the top of Group A and qualifying for Russia 2018. Although I am truly pleased about this, I see room for improvement for Les Bleus. They have not been exactly setting the qualifications on fire.
Hugo Lloris was one happy captain last evening! 🙂
Photos via Equipe de France Twitter handle
Watch the highlight reel below of last evening:
N’Golo Kanté and Hugo Lloris won big at the recently held London Football Awards.
Kanté was instrumental in Leicester winning the EPL last season and now he’s helping Chelsea top the table at the moment. I once joked that if you want to win the League, then but N’Golo. Looks like it wasn’t a joke after all.
Kanté won London Premier League Player of the Year.
As for Hugo Lloris, he took home the award for Goalkeeper of the Year. Well deserved, Oogo!
I am very happy for these guys. Congratulations and keep flying the French flag high.
I haven’t been updating My Heart Beats Football as I should, but it doesn’t mean that I am not following the beautiful game.
Every Les Bleus game this year was a joy to watch even their last game of 2016 against Côte d’Ivoire last evening, despite it being scoreless at the full-time whistle. Les Bleus have matured and flourished under Didier Deschamps and I enjoy watching them grow. Many critics and skeptics alike thought that without the likes of Karim Benzema and Mathieu Valbuena, the team would’ve been a failure. To tell the honest truth, I was not scared over losing them. We had the likes of Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann to cover us. We made it to the Euro 2016 final and although we didn’t win, we got back up again.
Payet finally emerged and took centerstage. N’Golo had the world smacking their lips at his skills and Pogba shone on the world stage. Adil Rami came back. Areola is finally being noticed. As for the wonderful Hugo Lloris, well, as a captain, he did everything right and as a goalie, he has excelled where past French goalies hadn’t. I am proud of the entire team.
^ Les Bleus played 17 games, won 13, and had only one defeat which was to Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016.
^ Dimitri Payet racked up the assists with 7
^ Our top scorers are Griezmann and Giroud with 8 goals a’ piece.
This is progress and I am proud to say that we’re going forward. I cannot complain about our campaign this year. Thank you for a beautiful 2016, Les Bleus and here’s to 2017.
Pogba and that 30-yard rocket!
Paul Pogba scored the only goal in the Netherlands v France World Cup qualifier earlier this evening in the 30th minute. Hugo Lloris also came up HUGE in the 89th minute with a BIG save to keep a clean sheet and to save the team’s hide. Les Bleus is now on top of Group A with 7 points.
I won’t be writing a long report tonight because I need to rest, but I am delighted with my boys for making my evening.
ALLEZ LES BLEUS!