“Clumsy”, “Generation without sparkle”: International press not kind to the Red Devils

The Red Devils disappointed in their opening match against Slovakia. And it’s not just at home that the team’s performance is getting people talking.

No matter that the Red Devils were no longer considered among the favourites for the Euros, this underperformance against Slovakia has not failed to make headlines across Europe.

The Sun has opened hostilities towards what remains of the golden generation: “This is a generation that no longer has any sparkle. They are just faded memories of what the team once was. Kevin De Bruyne was in charge, but he couldn’t get the kite off the ground.”

La Gazzetta dello Sport, on the other hand, focuses on Francesco Calzona’s victory over Domenico Tedesco in the duel between two Italian national team coaches on the bench of another nation.

The Red Devils surprised… negatively

Mundo Deportivo writes that Belgium’s first defeat under Tedesco is also the first big surprise of the Euros. A defeat explained by the performance of the team’s leaders “whose ideas were less clear than usual”.

The same goes for the newspaper L’Equipe, which, in addition to pointing out Lukaku’s lack of efficiency, saw “physical shortcomings in the second half”. The Red Devils will have to react against Romania, to silence the critics of course, but above all to stay in the tournament.

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