After all, Spain was the beaten finalist, losing 2-1 to Les Bleus, who became the first team in history to win the World Cup, European Championship, and Nations League all in the same season.
It was a slow-burning affair, but Didier Deschamps' individualism ultimately triumphed over Luis Enrique's technically skilled but ultimately lackluster collective work.
The indentures of France's matchwinners exemplified this point perfectly.
Karim Benzema moved into a position in the left channel as France responded, before firing a curling shot just beyond Unai Simon's reach and into the top corner.
After Eric Garcia's touch on Theo Hernandez's ball rendered the Paris Saint-Germain forward onside when it looked he would be flagged offside, Kylian Mbappe coolly converted the winner.
While Madrid supporters may be disappointed with the final result, they will take a step back and see that there is a silver lining to this defeat as time passes.
With Mbappe anticipated to take advantage of his future free agency by joining Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2022, this two will be seen in white jerseys together a lot more.
What they've shown thus far is simply a sliver of their true potential. Working together on the training field will only increase their understanding, which will cause problems for Los Blancos' domestic and European competitors.
Benzema and Mbappe only connected up on few occasions, but when they did, France, who had spent much of the game attempting but failing to integrate their front three, looked explosive.
Spain’s oppressive passing and pressing made it difficult for Les Bleus’ star forwards to shine as they did on Thursday in Turin against Belgium. Indeed, Antoine Griezmann barely registered a relevant kick, but even that was insufficient to prevent the qualities of his colleagues from ultimately deciding the fixture.
Asked if it was a dream evening, Benzema, who has nine goals and seven assists with Madrid in La Liga this season, replied: “On a collective and personal level, yes. I’ve truly wanted to lift a trophy with France, and it wasn’t easy.
“We’ve shown the strength of character this team has. We gave nothing up.” But, when both Benzema and Mbappe completed redemption stories, the strength of character that Benzema speaks of was also unique.
Benzema, who is perhaps the best player in the world right now, has been chastised since returning to the national team after a long and contentious absence.
Meanwhile, Mbappe toiled at Euro 2020, and his international credentials were questioned when he arrived in Italy. The former Monaco striker scored two goals in two games in the Nations League Finals, including a title-winning goal to go along with his performance in the 2018 World Cup final.
The 22-year-old is following in the footsteps of his hero, Cristiano Ronaldo, who established himself as a big-game performer.
On the other side, Madrid has never been able to truly replace that Portuguese superstar. Mbappe went on to execute another audition, proving that he is more than capable.
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