2022 World Cup qualifying: a status to defend, players expected … The stakes for France-Ukraine

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The France team faces Ukraine this Wednesday March 24 at 8:45 pm to start its campaign for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers. A meeting which already has a stake for the men of Didier Deschamps.

This is the team to kill. After its coronation of the world champion in 2018, the French team is the favorite of its group, as part of the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Didier Deschamps’ men are expected at the turn and will have to show that they have ambition of their status.

Especially since the Tricolores face a daunting schedule. Kylian Mbappé’s teammates will participate in three meetings in just under a week: after the match against Ukraine on Wednesday March 24, the Blues will travel to Kazakhstan four days later, on the 28th, before go to Bosnia on the 31st. An unprecedented situation for the coach of the France team. “I will not hide from you that in terms of organization, the three matches, the two away matches, this brings additional complications. I suffer, we suffer, but I’m not here to blame anyone“, Didier Deschamps explained in press conference.

Remember. During the first day of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers, the Blues were surprised by Belarus on September 6, 2016. After their unfortunate final at the Euro, Paul Pogba’s teammates had failed to break the Slavic lock and came away with a draw (0-0). Same story for the start of qualifying for the 2010 World Cup: the Habs had suffered a large defeat against Austria (3-1), after a lackluster match.

To enter the competition well against Ukraine, Didier Deschamps will have to take an example from his start to the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, since the Blues had won in Finland, thanks to an achievement by Abu Diaby.

He did not call for a surprise but for three ghosts. On March 18, Didier Deschamps summoned Ousmane Dembélé, Tanguy Ndombélé and Ferland Mendy, in a list expanded to 26 names to participate in the qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. Not called for a long time for the Barcelona in particular, the three players will have to show up to be part of the final list that will represent France at Euro 2021.

They have benchmarks with us, experience is important. I do not favor that, but as long as the performances in clubs correspond to what we expect, it matters“, explained the coach of the Blues about Ndombélé, in a press conference. The three players are warned: they will have playing time during this rally and their presence in the final list for Euro 2021 depends only on ‘them.

Ukraine has regained its former glory. Under the leadership of Andriy Shevchenko, Zbirna validated its ticket for Euro 2021 by finishing first in its group, ahead of the defending champion, Portugal, without losing a single match (six wins, two draws). To achieve this success, the former glory of AC Milan is based on concrete precepts. Ambitious in the game, his team is made up of experienced players like Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City) or Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham), and a triumphant youth. Indeed, the Ukrainian selection won for the first time in its history the Under-20 World Cup in 2019.

With his armada, Andriy Shevchenko will certainly want to qualify his team for the 2022 World Cup, which would be a first since 2006. As a symbol, the former AC Milan striker, then a player, had led his team to the quarter-finals .

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