Thursday, February 9, 2023

So France can repeat as champion in the World Cup

DOHA ( Associated Press) — France is bidding to become the first nation to repeat as world champions in 60 years and Didier Deschamps is the first coach since 1938 to win back-to-back titles.

Do they have the resources to beat Argentina?

In the decade he has been in charge of the national team, Deschamps has proven to be a sharp and insightful strategist, always ready to make tactical modifications based on the demands of the game.

It boasts a talented and well-coordinated squad led by attacker Kylian Mbappe, the star of the team that was crowned world champion in Russia four years ago.

Here are some key takeaways as they look to repeat the feat at Lusail Stadium on Sunday.

MBAPPÉ, SPEEDERS

Mbappe’s pace, power and goalscoring accuracy have put him on track to become the top scorer in the tournament’s history at the age of 23. He already has five goals in Qatar after scoring four in Russia 2018.

One of Mbappe’s most memorable moments in Russia was the gallop that led to a penalty in the round of 16 win over Argentina.

His pace is a constant threat to Argentina’s defenders. But this is not the only danger. Center forward Olivier Giroud has overtaken Thierry Henry as the national team’s top scorer. Giroud has four goals in Qatar.

In the semi-finals, the Moroccans exposed the fragility of the French left flank and Mbappe exposed something for them. Argentina have a full-back with an attacking profile in the form of Nahuel Molina, who – if he does the same as Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi – could demand French left-back Theo Hernandez.

On Wednesday, Deschamps responded by taking out Giroud, moving Mbappe to the center and placing substitute Marcus Thuram on the left in attack and Hernandez protecting the back. It also brought relief to the French midfield, led by Antoine Griezmann.

Thuram and Mbappe scored together to seal a 2–0 win against Morocco, which was signed by Randall Kolo Muani.

first goal

Only once in the last 11 finals has the team scoring the first goal failed to lift the trophy. That was France in 2006.

France have taken the lead in each of the seven matches they have played since the round of 16 in the last two World Cups.

In contrast, Croatia had never before scored in seven matches over the same period and eventually lost to France in the 2018 semi-finals and Argentina in the semi-finals on Tuesday.

In fact, Argentina is the only one who could have had that against France in those seven games – a brief moment in their game in Kazan four years ago. Nine minutes into the second half, France trailed 2–1 until right-back Benjamin Pavard’s volley – the best goal of the tournament – ​​leveled the score. France won 4–3 with the help of two braces from Mbappé.

With Deschamps out, France hits first and is shut out. His team never panicked when facing an opponent’s siege, as was the case in the fixtures against England and Morocco.

According to FIFA’s tally, France had just 36% possession in their 2–1 victory over England in the quarter-finals and 34% in the semi-finals.

34% was the same record as Argentina in the semifinals. Albiceleste had no qualms about handing the ball to the Croatian, and was relentless when he found space.

Argentina are ahead in Qatar after their 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.

take care

The French have been affected by a virus for the past week, something that happened earlier in Switzerland as well.

Raphael Varane, Ibrahima Konate and Dayot Upamecano – France’s three central defenders – are suffering from symptoms.

Upamecano seems to have made a full recovery, while Varan is the one who is most worried as he is the oldest of the trio.

Konate made a remarkable response against Morocco and bombarded 22 crosses in the area.

Argentina, with Lionel Messi and Julián Álvarez leading the attack, hurt with movements between the lines and low crosses into the area. The French defense would have to be very alert and alert.

Against Morocco, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris threw a lot of the ball and asked less of his defenders to reduce pressure from rival attackers.

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