Have they really? Early to tell, so far it's only undisputed that many players have missed the tournament through injury. I'm not sure if intensity is higher than it would be in summer.I can see the appeal for this particular world cup. Players have been saving themselves up for weeks for this. It's not the end of a season so players are in peak fitness as opposed to being knackered in June.
Top players actually bringing their A games would be worth it, specially best the end. And I don't mean Messi.
I think I read an article in the athletic where they compared the injuries with previous world cups and the numbers /frequency has been similar.Have they really? Early to tell, so far it's only undisputed that many players have missed the tournament through injury. I'm not sure if intensity is higher than it would be in summer.
I’ve seen commentators saying the contrary re fatigue. I wonder which is actually better, having a full season then longer break before it or half a season but a shorter break. I guess no perfect solution either way.I’ve watched nearly every minute of it (I’m on paternity leave). It’s been really good. I think as the games are mid-season, the actual quality of football on show is a lot higher (less fatigue and what not). Also I’m enjoying the long injury times and drama in the games. The western hypocrisy and sensationalism is something I can do without though.