World Cup 2022: first country qualified for the eighth, France already impresses

There will be a round of 16 to confirm and measure everything that is growing before our eyes and reminiscent of something. A blue soul envelops this World Cup in Qatar, in the imperfection of a team in reconstruction but in the interstellar genius of the thigh of the Jupiterian Kylian Mbappé, announced as a threat, transformed into a constant poison. The France team qualified for the next round and gave themselves the chance to live a match against Tunisia for butter, with the substitutes finally in crampons. It’s not Christmas yet, but it’s already a gift-giving afternoon.

Didier Deschamps is in the process of shaping a tournament team as long as we know his method and his Blues since Euro 2016. There are players who assert themselves like Dayot Upamecano and Adrien Rabiot, under the sign of personal revenge, of a tricolor destiny to pick up to take off. The roles are refined like that of Antoine Griezmann, on the ramp with integrated GPS, or Kylian Mbappé, left winger with the axis on the horizon and in the occupation zone over the course of the meeting, a form of sacrifice for him as he likes to cover the whole front of the attack. The others evolve more in their register but maintain the sense of the collective within the disciplinary framework imposed by the coach.

Adrien Rabiot, already the author of a successful performance against Australia at the opening, still weighed in the midfield. LP/Arnaud Journois

The idea is to become unplayable, which is not yet the case, even if Denmark constantly remained far from the goal of Hugo Lloris in the first period, a sign of a regained hermeticism. The French team is progressing in this competition and it is not only a question of points. It has become competitive again with a weaker staff than at Euro 2021, yet a failure (elimination in the round of 16 on penalties by Switzerland).

Mbappé offered the boss’ tour

As for Kylian Mbappé, he has undoubtedly set a personal goal in this common world, that of scoring on each World Cup outing. He remains on four achievements, from the final against Croatia in 2018 to the first meetings in Qatar and it is time to tell him that he will not play against Tunisia a priori, at least not from the start. This is probably why he allowed himself to take a little lead with a double foot-thigh, after the header against Australia.

We can’t wait to find out the next surface of his body he will choose. His grand slam seems like a crazy and perhaps impossible challenge, but this dream fits his personality and his ecosystem. He lives off stories that he wants to tell as a scout to his spectators and you have to look at that. We’ll be in the front row. In addition, he harangues the blue supporters, asking them to raise the volume. Mbappé offered the boss’ tour to the French.

Hugo Lloris too, but he suffered an equalizer on the first Danish shot on target, which testifies to the injustice of the moment even if the Scandinavians carried out a second period on a better standard, closer to that used this summer to cut in twice France. A goal conceded from a corner, like the bad habit that has reappeared for a fragile team for too many months on set pieces.

Before the Danish goal, Deschamps had already changed Olivier Giroud for Marcus Thuram and continued to modify his eleven, on the mode of post for post with Ibrahima Konaté in place of Raphaël Varane, who held the shock for his return, and Kingsley Coman to take over the role of the disruptor that Ousmane Dembélé had abandoned on returning from the locker room. The Barcelonian was very good but not long enough, which places a fairly wide spectrum of progression.


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