Finally, World Cup 2018 eventually reaching the final round. Soon, all eyes in the world will witness the true champion.
France will be facing Croatia, in Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow. The new history will belong to France and Croatia when of them will lift the 2018 World Cup trophy.
France will add the world title to two, while Croatia will surprise the universe if they can embrace the impressive achievement as a champion for the first time. Which side are you? Still not know which one to choose? Before you do it, let’s take a breakdown first.
For France, this is their third time in the World Cup final. They had previously qualified for the top four of the four-year tournament in 1998 and 2006. They even won the title in 1998. Although Croatia is can be unpredictable, but the France is believed to be superior. They have solid defence, which only Argentina can score against them from open play.
The rest had to rely on penalties and corner kicks to break through the goal. Although Les Bleus (a nickname for the France National Football Team) is only able to achieve a narrow victory, their defence looks convincing and able to cope with the pressure.
In a tournament as big as the World Cup, pragmatic teams, which usually use the method of “parking bus” as their weapon, will find it hard to score from open play. When there is a trouble to create a score, a set-pieces can be chance to break the deadlock. France is extraordinary in terms of set pieces. Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti are terrific in the air and they are the central defenders, who scored the winning goal against Uruguay and Belgium. Antoine Griezmann also has contributed greatly in the set-pieces and he was the player who made assists for Varane and Umtiti’s goals. In addition, the presence of Olivier Giroud and Paul Pogba will add a threat.
On the other hand, Croatia has never been able to subdue France, in an International match, including losing in the 1998 World Cup semi-finals. Before Croatia there were 12 countries that made it into the top party of the World Cup.
Eight of the 12 successful countries became champions while Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Sweden, and the Netherlands failed to track the champions podium. But, since first participating in the 1994 World Cup, Croatia became one of the unpredictable teams. Even at the World Cup 1998 in France, they could occupy the third round.
And now, after 20 years, Croatia recorded amazing achievements throughout his work at the World Cup 2018.
Croatia’s journey to the World Cup finals largely depends on the tireless work done by the team captain, Luka Modric, in midfield. With front lines like Mandzukic, Perisic, Ante Rebic, and Andrej Kramaric, the Croatian national team for sure have a chance to win the game.
And now, which one do you think will be the champion? Will France be able to repeat their word title? Or maybe this is the chance for Croatia to make the history? We will see it tonight!