Soccer. World Cup 2022: France has everything to go to the end

The France team could join Italy and Brazil, the only two nations to have kept their World Cup title, in 1934 then 1938 on the transalpine side, in 1958 and 1962 for the South Americans. Winners of England on Saturday evening in a match under high tension, pushed to their limits as rarely, the Blues got away with it in this quarter-final which would say a lot about their ambitions in this World Cup.

And if the good English were not able to beat France after a full match, one wonders in the three remaining teams who could really do it, even if Morocco is carried by its people, Croatia by its solid collective and Argentina by his genius Messi. The Moroccan surprise is announced in the semi-finals on Wednesday evening, and if Aurélien Tchouaméni said on Saturday “that there is no favorite at this stage of the competition”, we will say it for them. We will affirm it, even.

“Resilience, union, ability to suffer together”

Because there emerges from this group something reminiscent of 2018, when the Blues had known how to progress through difficulties and challenges to lift the trophy. Olivier Giroud also noted that “the group’s state of mind in this World Cup makes me think of that of 2018”.

The failure of Euro 2020 seems erased and France, hard to play, complicated to move, led by raw talent on all lines, will not be easy to get. “It’s not given to everyone to be there because many big teams have already left. “We have this resilience, this ability to suffer together, still confided Adrien Rabiot. A union emerges from this team, we never give up, we know how to go into battle and we also have this chance, this success with us”. There is no shortage of ingredients in the discourse of the French midfielder in the quest for those who make the best selection in the world.

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