France is really struggling before the final against Argentina. After being h/i/t by the flu, they just received more bad news from two important stars of the team.
France will have a great w/a/r with Argentina at the final of the World Cup 2022. This promises to be an extremely difficult challenge for the defending champion because the opponent is in high form and spirit, especially superstar Lionel Messi.
On the eve of the aforementioned match, French fans are really worried about the force situation. Specifically, many pillars of the French team were absent from the training session on December 16 for different reasons.
After Adrien Rabiot, Dayot Upamecano and Kingsley Coman got flu, it was Raphael Varane and Ibrahima Konate’s turn to have the same problem. Although the duo’s symptoms are not too severe, their fitness is not guaranteed to play and need to be isolated in a hotel room for the team doctors to monitor.
Not stopping there, two main stars, Aurelien Tchouameni and Theo Hernandez, were also absent from the latest training session due to injury. If the Real Madrid midfielder has a hip problem, the AC Milan player has p/a/i/n in his knee.
With the consecutive absence of important names just 2 days before the final, coach Didier Deschamps is really worried about the personnel situation. Both Tchouameni and Theo Hernandez are irreplaceable factors at the moment.
Tchouameni opened the scoring in the quarter-final against England and Theo scored the first for France in the semi-final against Morocco. The absence of this duo will really bring a big loss to the defending champion.
The French team will have another practice session before entering the final against Argentina. Les Bleus fans are holding their breath to see if any key players can reappear on the training ground.
Who is the referee in Argentina vs. France?
FIFA has confirmed that Szymon Marciniak, a Polish referee, will officiate the final this weekend.
He is the first Polish official to preside over the world’s biggest football game.
Marciniak, a seasoned official, became a FIFA referee in 2011 and has presided over a number of high-profile matches, including the 2018 Super Cup final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.
Marciniak has so far officiated two World Cup games in Qatar, one involving Argentina and the other involving France.
He was the referee for France’s 2-1 win over Denmark in the competition’s group stage, as well as the match between Argentina and Australia in the round of 16, which Argentina won 2-1.
Who are the other government officials?
Pawe Sokolnicki (Poland) and Tomasz Listkiewicz (Poland) served as assistant referees (Poland)
Ismail Elfath is the fourth official (United States)
Kathryn Nesbitt is the reserve assistant referee (United States)
Tomasz Kwiatkowski is the video assistant referee (Poland)
Juan Soto (Venezuela), Kyle Atkins (United States), and Fernando Guerrero served as video assistant referees (Mexico)
Bastian Dankert is a video assistant referee on standby (Germany)
Corey Parker is a stand-by video assistant referee (United States)