France's bid for the 2022 World Cup

2022-11-21 Author: Roman Titov

France’s 2022 World Cup bid is one of the strongest in line-up, as befits the last 2018 champion. However, the squad lacks several leaders who helped win the World Cup in Russia. First of all, we are talking about Pogba, Kant and Kimpemba. France ahead of the FIFA World Cup was swept by an epidemic of injuries that affected the center of the field of world champions. However, Deschamps still brought together the best players to play in Qatar.

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France 2022 World Cup bid: Goalkeepers

Goalkeepers: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Rennes), Alphonse Areola (West Ham).

Last month, last year’s Italian champion and Lloris’s obvious competitor, Mike Meignan from Milan, was unhooked from the French squad. Without him, there is simply no competition in the goalkeeper position. Hugo Lloris has been a permanent base player for several years, the veteran Mandanda rides as a talisman, Areol has no experience of playing in big tournaments behind him, even at the club level.

France 2022 World Cup bid: defenders

Centre-backs: Rafael Varane (Manchester United), Ibrahima Conate (Liverpool), Jules Kunde (Barcelona), Dayot Upamecano (Bayern), William Saliba (Arsenal), Axel Disasi (Monaco) )

Right back: Benjamin Pavard (Bayern)

Left back: Theo Hernandez (Milan), Luca Hernandez (Bayern)

The loss of Presnel Kimpembe could seriously affect the composition, after all, he was an iron-based player in the center. However, Deschamps at the Fifa World Cup has a reliable Varan and a number of promising youngsters who have long been strengthened and ready to take a place in the base. Kunde is developing at Barcelona, he can also close the right flank, Konate makes his way into the base of Liverpool, Upamecano will “fry” at Bayern. Saliba and Disasi were called for, rather, for depth, they are unlikely to be able to claim the basis.

The Hernandez brothers will occupy the left flank of the defense of the application [of the French team for the 2022 World Cup] ( “Team France”) in football. If Theo became a champion with Milan and has long been on the pencil of the giants, then Luca, after an expensive transfer to Bayern, got lost, although he often comes out at the base. On the right is the world champion and the author of the most beautiful goal Pavard.

France squad for 2022 World Cup: midfielders

Midfielders: Adrien Rabiot (Juventus), Aurélien Tchouameni, Eduardo Camavinga (both Real Madrid), Matteo Guendouzi (Marseille), Youssouf Fofana (Monaco), Jordan Veretout (Roma).

After the loss of the Pogba-Kante connection, France’s bid for the World Cup in Qatar looks pale and weak. Only the young hopes of Madrid Tchuameni and Camavinga can show the level, but they have not shown anything at the level of the national team, as well as the young Fofana. Rabiot at Deschamps plays better than in clubs, but wildly unstable. Guendouzi and Veretout were never even benched, but got the chance of a lifetime. Frankly, the French have the weakest line.

Forwards in France squad

Forwards: Kylian Mbappe (PSG), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), Ousmane Dembele (Barcelona), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico), Kingsley Coman (Bayern), Olivier Giroud (Milan), Marcus Thuram (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Randall Colo-Mouani (Eintracht Frankfurt).

The enchanting attack from the 2018 World Cup intensified by the owner of the Golden Ball Benzema. Karim will push Giroud out of the base of the nation’s top scorer, but Olivier is able to help from the bench as well. It’s not worth talking about Mbappe once again - the best forward at a young age and is ready to play again in the final. The flanks in the French squad are excellent: Coman and Dembélé have been in Deschamps for a long time and are very useful, Griezmann is a joker and Deschamps’ favorite, and Thuram and Colo-Mouani are called up for depth. The latter replaced an obvious player under the basis of Christopher Nkunku, who had already received an offensive injury in Qatar.

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Approximate French squad for the first matches of the World Cup in Qatar

Head coach Didier Deschamps plays in a 4-4-2 or 3-4-1-2 formation. Approximate composition for the first matches of the World Cup: Lloris-T. Hernandez-Varane-Kunde-Pavard-Rabiot-Griezmann-Camavinga-Dembele-Benzema-Mbappe.