France will need patience against sturdy Poland in last 16

France will begin their World Cup last-16 conflict as overwhelming favourite’s on Sunday however opponents Poland are properly geared up to derail Les Bleus’ title protection on the Al Thumama stadium.

France certified for the knockout section with a recreation to spare after two trendy performances in opposition to Australia and Denmark, and have been fast to maneuver on from a 1-0 defeat by Tunisia within the final Group D match after enjoying with a reserve aspect.

Poland went by regardless of a 2-0 loss to Argentina of their final Group C recreation, carried by the opening section by their sturdy defence and the contact of striker Robert Lewandowski. France will enter the competition with most of their high gamers having recharged their batteries, however endurance, greater than vitality, is perhaps key in opposition to Poland.

“They’ve skilled gamers. Clearly, Lewandowski is the stand-out participant, among the best strikers on the planet,” stated coach Didier Deschamps. “We should always not underestimate them.”

Ahead Kingsley Coman was equally cautious.

“It’s a World Cup recreation, something is feasible. Being the favourite doesn’t imply something.”

France typically struggles in opposition to compact sides who defend deep, similar to Poland, however Deschamps has the instruments at his disposal to crack a recreation vast open. Whereas Kylian Mbappe, who’s chasing data in Qatar after already scoring seven World Cup earlier than the age of 24, may discover it onerous to make use of his devastating tempo in opposition to a packed defence Ousmane Dembele could possibly be France’s essential risk.

The ahead’s relentless dribbling, jinking a technique earlier than bursting previous the opposite, might show powerful to deal with for the Poles, who will even have to maintain a detailed eye on Olivier Giroud within the field. The 36-year-old goal man will develop into France’s all-time high scorer if he finds the again of the online for his 52nd worldwide purpose and transfer one forward of Thierry Henry.

Mbappe will even threaten, particularly together with attack-minded left again Theo Hernandez. The French defence has been removed from excellent to this point, with Raphale Varane wanting beneath his finest after a hamstring damage, and the Manchester United participant might want to discover high kind as a mouthwatering duel with Lewandowski looms.

“One of the simplest ways to defend in opposition to him is to verify he doesn’t get the ball,” his former staff mate at Bayern Munich Coman stated.

France’s final line of defence, keeper Hugo Lloris, will probably be on excessive alert ought to Lewandowski obtain the ball within the hazard zone. Lloris is about to earn his 142nd cap, which can convey him degree with document holder Lilian Thuram.
The winner of Sunday’s match will face both England or Senegal within the quarter-finals.


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