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World Cup 2022 Mania: Things to expect from team France

Les Blues will be on the tough road to defend their World Cup title, but they are already on the roll in their opener. Follow for more football goals news here!

Coming into the World Cup 2022, Frances faces a lot of setbacks and frustrations as most of their core players are forcibly backing out due to injury like Karim Benzema (left thigh), Paul Pogba (knee), and N’Golo Kante (hamstring). However, it did not hinder the France team to send a formidable squad made out of players from top-tier European clubs headed by Kylian Mbappe of Paris Saint-Germain and Ousmane Dembele of Barcelona. Follow for more related football skills news and updates here! Here’s the things you must expect from team France this World Cup.

France will have a rocky group stage campaign

The biggest absentee of France is the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. He has been solid so far this season, winning the 2022 Ballon d’Or. His presence will be tremendously missed by France throughout the World Cup campaign. However, Kylian Mbappe is there to save the day for the Les Blues fans as he will banner the reigning World Champion to defend their title and rock the other solid team in their group like Denmark with Christian Eriksen. Currently, they let the world witness the presence of the champion by mercilessly beating Australia 4-1. Although this was a convincing win, France will still have a difficult group stage since they will also face Denmark, and Tunisia who forced a draw in their opening match against the Danes. 

France can count on Mbappe!

Kylian Mbappe’s resume at the World Cup is a “no brainer.” He is definitely one of the best, if not, the upcoming all-time best French football players in sport’s history. Winning the 2018 World Cup at 19 and becoming the highest paid player by 23 come with thick spotlight, intense scrutiny, and heavy expectations — and the France star is ready for more. So, coming into this World Cup with heavy expectations on his shoulders is just a regular basis for the Paris Saint-Germain striker. The atmosphere of the final World Cup is nothing new to him, he can perform at the highest level in the biggest stage and even during critical moments – like a ‘do or die’. He will be the leader of this team, he will be the one who will clear the haze for team France and show the path for a repeat. Now, France tormented Australia in their opener, and Mbappe led the way for France with his aggressiveness, excellent passing ability, athleticism, and his great force to kick the ball with consistency that can punish thick defense and will give red warning to goalkeepers.

Starting XI will be a force that is difficult to reckon with!

Despite Les Blues losing most of their key pieces that could really help them to retain their 2018 title, the squad of France is still one of the balance and strong. Most of their players from the squad also have impressive European football backgrounds like Dembele, Upamenco, Konate, Giroud, and among others.

Starting XI

Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Ibrahim Konate, Davot Upamenco, Lucas Hernandez, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Adrien Rabiot, Ousmane Dembele, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappe, Olivier Giroud.

Deschamps’ 4-3-1-2 Formation 

Similar to Spain, France is not known for its reckless and aggressive style of play and Deschamps will apply that to his formation, making things a bit easier and slow for his squad without taking toll or hindering the style of some of his players including Mbappe. He will mostly rely on how Mbappe will perform in the field and will make strategies or tactics out of it, making plays inside the box, on the back of the corner and will be aggressive near the net to rattle opponents, will make collective effort on defense, do more switching and will have a lot of fast breaks situation to outrun and out class opponents and intimidate goalkeepers.

France ended their impressive 2018 World Cup campaign by using similar strategies of doing slow football and then an aggressiveness during fast breaks situations. Despite the odds really not favoring the French team to take home title, or much worse, a repeat. This team has a huge chance to upset and deny the contending team from the title in the likes of Ronaldo, Messi, and more, and will once lift the World Cup trophy.

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