Euro 2024: Lamine Yamal Brutally Told He Has to ‘Do More’ Ahead of Spain vs France Semifinal Clash

Euro 2024: Lamine Yamal Brutally Told He Has to ‘Do More’ Ahead of Spain vs France Semifinal Clash

Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe
updated at July 9, 2024 at 6:19 AM
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  • Lamine Yamal has been told he has to do more than what he has done so far ahead of the Spain vs France semi-final tie
  • The 16-year-old has been a revelation at Euro 2024 and stands on the precipice of history should La Roja reach the final
  • His contribution to Spain's semi-final charge has been phenomenal and is expected to light up the clash against Les Bleus

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Lamine Yamal faces a formidable challenge ahead of Spain's highly anticipated semi-final clash with France on Tuesday, July 9, at the 2024 UEFA European Championship.

The Barcelona prodigy has been one of the standout performers of the tournament, playing a crucial role in La Roja's journey to the last four.

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Lamine Yamal's performances at Euro 2024 defy his young age, showcasing his potential to set European Championship records in the future. Photo by Dan Mullan.
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Together with Nico Williams, Yamal has been a constant threat to defenders with his blistering pace, sharp decision-making, and exceptional vision. His dazzling dribbles belie his tender age of 16.

Already the youngest player and goalscorer in Spanish national team history, Lamine became the youngest player to appear in the European Championship with his debut in his side's opening game against Croatia.

Though he has yet to score in the competition, he has created more chances (14) than any other player in Luis De la Fuente’s squad and ranks fourth overall at the tournament, according to The Analyst.

French star issues challenge to Lamine Yamal

Facing France, the teenager will need to deliver one of his finest performances as the three-time champions aim to reach the final for the first time since 2012.

Amidst this significant challenge, Les Bleus midfielder Adrien Rabiot has issued a stern warning to the Barcelona winger.

Rabiot claimed that Yamal will now experience the true pressure of playing in the Euros semi-finals and emphasised that it is up to the French players to make him feel the heat.

"We saw that he was a player who knew how to handle pressure very well. He has a lot of qualities.
"He is capable of playing with his qualities at club level as well as in major tournaments, without pressure," he said at the pre-match presser, as quoted by GOAL.
The 29-year-old added, "Afterwards, it is always complicated to manage a semi-final in a tournament like that.
"But it will be up to us to put the pressure on him above all, not to let him feel comfortable and to show him that to play in a Euro final.
"He will have to do much more than what he has done so far."

Why Lamine Yamal has different flags on his boots?

In a previous publication, Sports Brief noted that Lamine Yamal, representing Spain at the 2024 Euros, has a curious choice of flags on his football boots.

Despite committing to Spain, the Barcelona prodigy wears the flags of Equatorial Guinea and Morocco on his Adidas F50 boots, the two African countries he was eligible to represent before choosing Spain.

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Godwin Nii Armah Tagoe is a Ligue 1, Bundesliga, and La Liga editor with five-year experience. He previously worked with Sports Corna and 360SportsGH.