- Sep 6, 2013
I understand Brazil's hype. The one I don't understand is Argentina's. Yes Messi is a name and a lot of people want him to win, but to see that midfield and full backs and call them favourites is absurd. Yes, they are on a bit of a run, but they've also had much better attacks than this in the past.To be honest, my opinion of Brazil is just name value hype. They get hyped every world cup. They had the same manager the last world cup when they lost to Belgium who was nowhere near the best. I don't see anything to suggest they've changed drastically and are now as good as the European elite.
Ironically, I think some of the teams people aren't betting for will do really well here. I suspect the Netherlands, Spain and Germany will really do well. I think France may end up winning again. People still don't fully understand why they won the last one.
They were able to set a counter attacking style. They had a strong enough defence to hold and were fantastic in transition. Kante is injured, but they still have the same elements. In addition, Benzema will actually be in this squad.Some people cite losing Pogba as a big miss. But I actually think him not being there actually helps them in a way. The Pogba - Griezmann duo was the reason they weren't as good in possession in 2018. The reason they used the assymetric 442 in Russia was due to trying to cover Pogba's lack of defensive nous. Matuidi would make up a lot with his workrate. Now, the middle can easily be secured with Tchouemeni and Camavinga/Rabiot. This also allows France to use another winger, which would be Dembele. Add that to the fact that Benzema likes to drop deeper and can partner Griezmann....in addition to being able to use either a 343, a 3412 or a 4231, it makes them pretty versatile, whilst also being solid. They have a stronger back 4 than they did in Russia, a stronger attack and a slightly weaker midfield, in addition to having tournament experience and a pragmatic battle hardened coach. I think they will do really well and would only lose on penalties.