When the match against Morocco in the round for the final four teams was getting closer, the French squad, known as Les Bleus, once again ran into trouble.
The French team is making steady progress toward achieving its primary objective, despite the fact that beginning the path to defend their title at the World Cup is fraught with challenges. After advancing to the semifinals by virtue of their victory against England in the quarterfinals, Les Bleus needs just two more victories to claim the gold cup in Qatar.
Morocco, the tournament’s dark horse but definitely not acknowledged by the reigning champion in terms of the quality of their squad, will be waiting for the army headed by coach Didier Deschamps in the semi-finals. In the final match of the group stage, the continental squad was humiliated by another African nation’s representation, Tunisia. As a result of this loss, the team may have gained crucial insights that will help them avoid falling into the same traps in the future.
Before the play on Thursday morning, it seemed like the French team, Les Bleus, had a severe personnel issue. According to information provided by Goal, the pair of Aurelien Tchouameni and Dayot Upamecano did not participate in the most recent training session of the national team.
Since the beginning of the campaign in Qatar, Tchouameni and Upamecano have been two of the most important players for the French national team in both the midfield and the defense. Both players saw action in every minute of the triumph over the Three Lions. In the event that the two youngsters are unable to make a full recovery in time, head coach Didier Deschamps will have no choice but to examine other options, such as playing Ibrahima Konate in the central midfield position and playing Matteo Guendouzi and Jordan Veretout in the central midfield role.
When N’Golo Kante, Paul Pogba, Presnel Kimpembe, Christopher Nkunku, and Karim Benzema were unable to play in the biggest football festival on the planet, a storm of trauma already rushed through the Les Bleus force seriously. During the first set, France kept blowing opportunities to win on the serve of Lucas Hernandez.
Another pair of ‘brothers and sisters’ in the match between France and Morocco
The France vs. Morocco 2022 World Cup semifinal has special significance due to unexpected encounters as well as historical and personal ties between the two nations. First, Kylian Mbappe and Achraf Hakimi, two close pals wearing PSG jerseys, will meet up again.
But this match features a few more important reunions as well. As a result, the France striker Olivier Giroud and the other, more notable, Morocco coach, Walid Regragui, will also have to face off against each other in this game.
Few people would have imagined that these two individuals once shared a battle line. When Giroud was still a young player with his local team Grenoble in the summer of 2008, he had the chance to play with senior Walid Regragui when the squad faced Strasbourg in a preseason friendly.
Although Giroud eventually relocated to Tours in quest of a playing opportunity, 14 years later, kismet brought Walid Regragui, the older brother of Les Bleus’ No. 9, and the No. 9 back together. However, the two participants in this conference in Qatar held distinct viewpoints.
While Mr. Regragui is being recognized as a Moroccan hero for helping his country become the first African side to make it to the World Cup semifinals, Giroud became the all-time leading scorer in France’s history in terms of goals scored. To ensure that the home team advances to the final on December 18 at Lusail Stadium, each player on the front line must remove every other player.