Champions Cup. What does the foreign press think about the round of 16 and the French clubs?

The foreign press finds the trilogy between some clubs damaging, and the Irish media strengthens with Toulouse...
The foreign press finds the trios between some clubs damaging, and the Irish media strengthens with Toulouse… (©Icon Sport)

“European rugby enters a new era”. Robert Kitson, journalist Guardian, explains it in a new way. Champions CupIt is a new era that manifests itself with the matches that qualified clubs face. Round trip for 8has end.

Excited by the idea that these clashes would take place one week apart, following the argument between Christophe Urios and Ronan O’Gara, about the match between UBB and La Rochelle, “the pot has already started to boil with two more games of the trilogy. Play”.

Regarding other French teams, it presents a test of the capacity of one or two French teams to perform for two consecutive weeks. Montpellier, Clermont and Toulouse They will need to flex their muscles at home to beat the Harlequins, Leicester and Ulster respectively. “Before I wonder if the margin (in case of victory) will be enough to protect them before their journey next week”.

Towards many remote areas for the French?

While other British media like Times Where Rugby Pass seems to be losing interest in the competition, Guard He stands out by stating that “it is not impossible for the French heroes of the Grand Slam to have three of the four quarter-finals played on British or Irish soil”. The best team of the first leg, Racing 92, is following a positive course, but the situation for the other 6 French representatives is far from that.

Kitson concludes: “This does not mean that an English team will lift the trophy. […] That’s where the beauty of this year’s Champions Cup lies. No one can be sure exactly how the new cards will be dealt. »

Trilogy that lost its relevance

In Ireland, the third country to worry about the final stages due to the absence of Wales, Scottish and Italian provinces, it is the confrontation between Connacht and Leinster that draws all the light between Connacht and Leinster. The Irish Independent speaks of a two-stage “mission impossible” for Connacht.

And the Irish Times, home and away games ” excess of repeated meetings with connacht and Leinster facing each other three times in four weeks”, alsoUBB and La Rochelle before talking about the match between Competition 92 and French Stadium “We know what a lot of familiarity it is that met last week in the first act of a trilogy”…

Title holders, Ntamack and Ahki's Toulouse stadium will qualify for a frenzy course if they want to retain the crown.
The Irish Controller hit Stade Toulousain hard, the winner of the Champions Cup. (©Icon Sport)

The people of Toulouse who are “nothing but their own shadow”

About the meeting between Toulouse and Ulster, Irish Auditor “Formerly powerful Toulousains (who) are nothing more their own shadow“. acerbik before adding it to a paper: ” noise in recent seasons notable for its present absence. aura of confidence Accompanying two Top 14 titles and Champions Cup in three seasons (counting the 2019/2020 campaign canceled by Covid) blunt. And journalist James Harrington continued: “Whatever the case, the notion that they are capable of scoring more points than they have always admitted in Toulouse-style, high-risk, high-reward game has been proven wrong.”

Before finishing it all though “it’s a tough question but if a team can come out of the fire in a season like this, it’s Toulouse, albeit more fragile than ever. It’s up to the defending champion to answer that.

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