Argentina, France, Brazil … Where are the fevorites two months before the World Cup

Two months before the start of the World Cup in Qatar (November 20-December 18), the last international break is very much at stake for a certain number of favorites. France or England are looking to regain confidence while Brazil, Argentina and Germany are moving forward with serenity.

Brazil wants to try things

Favorite of British bookmakers for the World Cup, the Seleção has planned to do trials during this gathering. Coach Tite did without a few executives , including Gabriel Jesus, who was absent due to his form with Arsenal. “These gatherings serve as opportunities for others,” said the coach, giving the impression that the Gunners striker had no worries about his place in the group that will go to Qatar.

Young Pedro, Flamengo striker called up for the second time, Matheus Cunha and especially Roberto Firmino, who has not worn the Brazilian jersey since the Copa America 2021, are playing big. Faced with Ghana and Tunisia, two matches which will be played exceptionally in Le Havre and Paris, Brazil will offer themselves two life-size tests, with opponents qualified for the World Cup and undoubtedly experimental compositions.

The English have two shocks to raise their heads

To regain confidence, it is easier than to face Italy and Germany in four days, but the Three Lions will have to do with it. After a catastrophic month of June where England failed to win any of their four Nations League meetings, even suffering two defeats against modest Hungary, including a 4-0 humiliation at Wembley, the unfortunate finalists of the last Euro are faced with a great challenge.

The challenge is twofold, similar to that of the France team: to remain in the first division of the League of Nations and above all to establish a new dynamic before the World Cup. After the meeting against Germany next Monday, England will not play any more matches before entering the competition against Iran, in Qatar. The pride that the Three Lions will show on Friday at San Siro, for the revenge of their lost final more than a year ago, will set the tone.

France must learn to play without Pogba and Kanté

Karim Benzema is absent, but he should return soon. The concern for the World Cup lies elsewhere, in midfield, where the Blues have to do without the Kanté-Pogba pair, for this gathering and perhaps more for the Turinese who had knee surgery. So the France team must start thinking about an alternative, should they miss one or both of them for the trip to Qatar.

Aurélien Tchouaméni seems a logical replacement for Paul Pogba, but a formula has yet to be found to compensate for the absence of N’Golo Kanté. At the same time, the Blues will have to save their place in League A of the League of Nations and make people forget the two draws and two defeats in June. In the middle of this construction site, Olivier Giroud will try to score points for the final list of Didier Deschamps. The program looks loaded.

Germany and Argentina finalize details

There are teams more serene than others, two months before the opening of the World Cup. Germany, in contention for first place in their group in the League of Nations, do not have to worry too much before playing the surprising Hungary then Italy. The Mannschaft have not lost a match since the round of 16 of the Euro against England and only have to adjust a few details to go to Qatar confident of their strength.

For Argentina, everything is even better. A little over a year after his Copa America victory, the Albiceleste is still on his cloud. Lionel Scaloni’s men are now 33 games unbeaten, a little over three years, and Leo Messi shines every time he puts on the jersey of the selection. Against Honduras and Jamaica, the Argentinians will therefore above all seek to continue the series so that the state of grace continues until the end of the year.

Spain, Portugal, Belgium, the Netherlands, outsiders who compete

Without Sergio Ramos, left at home by Luis Enrique , who has had only good words for the man with 180 caps, Spain will challenge Portugal next week. The Netherlands will host Belgium. A derby of the Iberian Peninsula and a derby of Benelux with each time a stake since these meetings could each decide the winner of the group in the League of Nations.

Source: Robin Wattraint

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