Skip the chickens. Even with an ever-increasing injury streak, we can’t imagine any other scenario for Didier Deschamps’ men. Especially since the Blues, who will be jeopardizing their world championship title from Sunday, have ended up in an affordable Group D (with Denmark, Tunisia and Australia).
Then the KO phase from December 3rd to December 18th promises to get more complex for the grand finale. Obviously, football and the World Cup are conducive to surprises and many scenarios are possible. We had fun making two.
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If the French team finishes first in Group D:
- in the eighth, Kylian Mbappé’s teammates could face Mexico (December 4, 4 p.m.). A team Les Bleus last played against almost twelve years ago. The Mexicans won 2-0 with Nicolas Anelka trailing behind Raymond Domenech. So much for the panorama.
- in the QuarterFrance could meet the English (December 10, 8 p.m.). A major confrontation on the horizon as the Three Lions look to finally claim a World Championship at the height of their talents. Last confrontation in the competition between the two teams on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk and a draw (1-1) in the Eurogroups.
- When the blues comes along semifinals, one of the most likely opponents could well be Portugal (December 14, 8 p.m.). Cristiano Ronaldo’s teammates, much better known by the tricolors and regularly faced as in the pools of Euro 2021 (2-2), come to Qatar with ambitions and as one of the favorites of the competition.
- in the final, Didier Deschamps and his team could return to Brazil (December 18, 4 p.m.). A dream final between these two teams, obviously reminiscent of 1998 (3-0). But also a shock between two nations who would be in a competition for the first time since 2006 and a quarter won by France (0-1).
If the French team finishes second in Group D:
- As in Russia in 2018, the French could soon play against Argentina the round of 16 (3 December at 8 p.m.). A tempting confrontation, especially since Lionel Messi will surely be contesting his last World Cup.
- more original this time, Quarter, the Blues could meet Senegal (December 9, 8 p.m.). Despite currently robbing their Bayern superstar Sadio Mané, the Teranga Lions come to Qatar with African champion status and aspirations. The last and only confrontation between the two nations in the competition, dating back to the 2002 World Cup, and an African victory in the opening (0-1).
- in the semifinalsin this scenario, the world champions would play against Brazil, again for an exceptional poster (December 13, 8 p.m.).
- And it’s in final that the blues could then find Portugal. With the specter of the Euro 2016 final (0-1) won by Portugal, this poster would promise a good duel. The last for the French team if they manage to lift the trophy twice in a row.
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