The past edition’s champions will be aiming to secure their place in the grand finale.
Since Brazil and Italy, France have emerged as the third side to reach the FIFA World Cup semi-finals the edition after they won it, and are now just two games from making history. Despite numerous major player injuries, France have demonstrated that they are a formidable foe. This group of players have a different attitude, and it’s possible they’ll win another World Cup.
France will now meet African powers Morocco on Wednesday night and will field a potent eleven capable of breaking down Morocco’s staunch defence.
France predicted lineup against Morocco (4-2-1-3)
GK: Hugo Lloris
With multiple great stops, the Tottenham goalkeeper kept France’s hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive, and his mind games paid off as Kane fired his penalty into the stands. Lloris is France’s best goalkeeper, and his experience has helped him make numerous outstanding saves during the World Cup. He is now up against a team that excels in counter-attacking.
RB: Jules Kounde
Kounde is a versatile defender who can play in any position at the back. He is a forceful and aggressive tackler. Against England, he fought toe-to-toe with Foden and supported Dembele in the build-up against him. In the back, he functioned well with Upamecano and Varane. Now he confronts another grim test against a squad that is quick and punishes small errors.
CB: Raphael Varane
Varane is a dependable centre-back who was part of the World Cup-winning group in 2018 and is now the heart of defence alongside Dayot Upamecano, demonstrating his dependability and reliability at the highest level. Varane is a terrific situation observer, and his excellent tackles enable him to win the ball. Because of his mobility, he excels in averting counter-attacks.
CB: Dayot Upamecano
Making his World Cup debut, the Bayern Munich defender has been solid at the back and is one of the top defenders with Varane. Although Upamecano was well-prepared and effective against an offensive England side, his synergy with Varane enabled him to prevent England from scoring.
LB: Theo Hernandez
When his brother Lucas Hernandez was substituted due to an ankle injury, Theo made sure we didn’t miss Lucas since the AC Milan left-back has indeed been fantastic. Although he appeared out of character against Bukayo Saka, but made a strong impact at the back against England. He now shoulders the responsibility of keeping a check on Hakim Ziyech on Wednesday.
CM: Aurelien Tchouameni
He was in charge of the midfield in the absence of Pogba and Kante, but the Real Madrid midfielder was able to handle the pressure and also scored against England with a thunderous drive. The teenager will once again play with confidence and drive the midfield forward with his precision.
CM: Adrien Rabiot
Rabiot appeared to be the only player in France’s midfield who monitored play and was prepared to retrieve the ball after losing possession. Rabiot is persistent and was fortunate enough to avoid a yellow card against England by fouling most of the time.
AM: Antoine Griezmann
Griezmann’s ingenuity helped France score two goals against the Three Lions. His work rate is unrivalled, allowing him to lead the team forward and move the ball around. The 2-1 defeat to England demonstrated how Griezmann managed the midfield and caused no disturbances as France played with such fluidity.
RW: Ousmane Dembele
On the right flank, he made Luke Shaw look like a Sunday league player. Dembele works well with his teammates, and his one-on-one skills enable him to dodge defenders and find openings. He was electrifying and kept the onslaught moving. He must perform at his best against a gritty Morocco defence.
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CF: Olivier Giroud
Giroud did not have a single shot on goal in 2018, but he is the World Cup’s second-leading scorer, trailing his compatriot, Mbappe. His development into a complete striker has been astounding, and it can now be said that he has filled Benzema’s boots perfectly. As a striker, he makes good use of his physique and is a threat in the box. As France prepare to face Morocco, Giroud needs to seize every opportunity against a stubborn Moroccan defence.
LW: Kylian Mbappe
England were very much concerned about halting Mbappe, the major French threat, and yet the 23-year-old went past Kyle Walker. He will now meet his PSG teammate Achraf Hakimi, who will be operating as a right-back, and undoubtedly, it will be an all-out duel.
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