The 2022 FIFA World Cup has come to its conclusion with the defending champion France taking on the top contender Argentina which has performed well throughout the group stage matches. While it is an equal opportunity for both the contestants, France is more hopeful of repeating the success and retaining the championship.
• The FIFA World Cup final match will be played on Sunday between France and Argentina
• France hasn’t lost its firepower despite missing some major players
• Argentina is relying heavily on Messi
Strength: Les Bleus have the quick-strike ability needed to keep the pressure on the contesting teams. France will indeed miss some of its star players but it is also true that the existing players, especially Kylian Mbappe are doing fairly well. With five goals, Mbappe is the top contender for the Golden Boot followed by Olivier Giroud who’s scored four goals in the tournament. Another French player Antoine Griezmann is known for creating more scoring opportunities than any other player in the World Cup.
Weakness: France is relying more on quick-strike than ball possession and it could be a drawback as was seen during the semi-final match with Morocco. The Morocco team kept the French team under pressure throughout the match with their ball control skills.
Strength: Argentina has Lionel Messi who can keep major French players engaged. Also, Argentina needs to be a little bit more defensive to prevent French players from attacking.
Weakness: France has many attacking players that could send the entire Argentina squad into a defensive shell.
Considering the strength of the contesting teams, it can be concluded that the final match could go to extra time or even a penalty kick. The final matches of the last four FIFA tournaments have been decided in either an additional extra period or penalty kick shootouts. While France has never gone beyond 90 minutes so far in the tournament, Argentina eliminated the Netherlands on penalty kicks to reach the quarterfinal.