The FIFA World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world. For each of the editions, millions of viewers from all over the world gather to follow the competition. France is one of the favorites this year, thanks to a team of talented goalscorers. But are the French goalscorers ready for the pressure of the World Cup?
The composition of the French offensive armada
You hoped for it, you got it… THE formidable French attacking trio formed by Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé and Karim Benzema. But that’s not all! Olivier Giroud answers again and ever present for his third World Cup.
In addition, the French coach has decided to associate with his irreducible offensive line: Kingsley Coman and Christopher Nkunlu for their first World Cup, guided by Ousmane Dembélé, who already has the experience of a first participation. A solid armada which is naturally reflected in the odds for the WC.
What fitness report for the reigning world champions?
On top of the world since 2018, the French will be the team to beat. However, the latter will not be quite the same as they are deprived of certain leaders due to injury. Especially the superb midfield duo: Paul Pogba and N’Golo Kanté. Mike Maignan is also one of the notable absentees.
The state of health of some players forced Didier Deschamps to expand his group. Raphaël Varane, the vice-captain, is indeed injured in the thigh and Presnel Kimpembe’s Achilles tendon is still fragile. The rest of the leaders will all be there…and in great shape!
Goal scorers, ready to fight
Karim Benzema: he will be THE player to follow, THE reigning Ballon d’Or … just that. He has only played one match in three weeks with Real, but the French coach is confident: “He will do everything, like the whole group, to be 100%. (…) I have no negative elements in relation to his physical situation. »
Kylian Mbappé: current top scorer in Ligue 1 Uber Eats and top scorer in the history of PSG in the Champions League with 31 goals, Mbappé continues to make his mark on football history. The number of expected goals? 12. Your bets…
Olivier Giroud: The 36-year-old striker from AC Milan has not stopped performing since the start of the season (13 goals) and has made himself indispensable in the eyes of Deschamps. In Qatar, he especially hopes to break the record of 51 goals held by Thierry Henry.
Antoine Griezmann: he is going through a slightly more delicate period in his career. But the most decisive player at the 2018 World Cup retains the confidence of his national coach. His attacking role, although shared, will no doubt be highlighted.
France’s last perf
In its qualifying group for the World Cup, the French have fully assumed their status as leaders by finishing these qualifiers unbeaten: 5 wins and 3 draws. Although the Bosnian (1-1) and Ukrainian (1-1) teams bumped them, the world champions cheerfully confirmed their ticket to Qatar by pulverizing Kazakhstan (8-0) at home before the end of the qualifiers. To finish in style, they beat Finland 2-0.
The 18 goals scored (6 for Griezmann, 5 for Mbappé and 3 for Benzema) and the three conceded are enough to reassure the French supporters… But after the level suggested (very irregularly) during the last League of Nations -matches, the serenity in the tricolor camp is at half-mast.
You will quickly be fixated on the form France are showing for this World Cup as from the second game (November 26) they face Denmark, who they recently lost (2-1 on June 3 and 2-0 on November 25 ).
Thanks to this stock, you have all the cards on hand to make your best predictions about France!