Thierry Henry excels in his first game with France U21s

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Thierry Henry, the legendary former Arsenal and Barcelona striker, made a triumphant debut as the head coach of France’s Under-21 national team with a resounding 4-1 victory over Denmark.

Henry, who has had mixed reviews from his previous managerial stints at Monaco and Montreal Impact, laid out his tactical plan early, opting for a 4-2-3-1 formation with PSG midfielder Warren Zaïre-Emery wearing the captain’s armband. Remarkably, Zaïre-Emery, at just 17 years and 183 days old, became the youngest French U21s captain in three decades.

The match showcased Thierry Henry’s coaching prowess as his young charges put on a dazzling attacking display. Johann Lepenant, playing on the left, opened the scoring for France with a splendid curled shot from outside the box. Lyon’s Rayan Cherki, considered a jewel in this U21 setup, added a second goal, further affirming Henry’s vision.

The standout performer of the match was Elye Wahi, who came off the bench to score a brace in the second half. His first goal demonstrated smart finishing as he capitalized on Danish defensive lapses to slot home a half-volley. The second goal, in the 90th minute, arrived on the counter-attack as Denmark pressed to make a comeback.

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Elye Wahi was the standout performer

While France dominated the game, they did concede a goal in the 84th minute, somewhat marring an otherwise superb performance. Nevertheless, this result serves as a promising start for Henry, who aims to nurture the next generation of French football stars. His success in this role would be reminiscent of his own rise in football, making this coaching position feel like the perfect fit for the Arsenal legend.

As Thierry Henry takes on this new challenge, the football world will be watching closely to see if he can mold the country’s young talents into future superstars. This victory suggests that he is off to a promising start in his managerial journey with France’s U21s.

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