Skip the chickens. Even with a series of injuries, which always continues to lengthen, we cannot imagine any other scenario for the men of Didier Deschamps. Especially since the Blues, who are putting their title of world champion at stake from Sunday, have fallen into a group D which still seems affordable (with Denmark, Tunisia and Australia).
Then, the knockout phase, from December 3 until December 18 for the grand final, promises to be more complex. Obviously, football and the World Cup are conducive to surprises and many scenarios are possible. We had fun making two.
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If the French team finishes in first place in group D:
- In eighths, Kylian Mbappé’s teammates could face Mexico (December 4 at 4 p.m.). A team last played by Les Bleus almost twelve years ago. The Mexicans won 2-0 and Nicolas Anelka went after Raymond Domenech. So much for the panorama.
- In quarters, France could cross paths with the English (December 10 at 8 p.m.). A big confrontation in perspective where the Three Lions will be keen to achieve a World Cup finally at the height of their talents. Last confrontation in competition between the two teams on June 11, 2012 in Donetsk and a draw (1-1) in the Euro groups.
- If the Blues get to semi-finals, one of the most likely opponents could well be Portugal (December 14 at 8 p.m.). Rival much better known by the tricolor and regularly faced as in the pools of Euro 2021 (2-2), the teammates of Cristiano Ronaldo arrive in Qatar with ambitions and as one of the favorites of the competition.
- In final, Didier Deschamps and his team could return to Brazil (December 18 at 4 p.m.). A dream final between these two teams, obviously reminiscent of that of 1998 (3-0). But also a shock between two nations which would find themselves in competition, for the first time since 2006, and a quarter won by France (0-1).
If the French team finishes in second place in group D:
- As in 2018 in Russia, the French could play Argentina as soon as the round of 16 (December 3 at 8 p.m.). An enticing confrontation, especially because Lionel Messi is certainly playing his last World Cup.
- More original this time, quarters, the Blues could meet Senegal (December 9 at 8 p.m.). Although they are currently deprived of their Bayern superstar Sadio Mané, the Teranga Lions arrive in Qatar with African champion status and ambitions. The last and only confrontation between the two nations in competition dating back to the 2002 World Cup and a victory for the Africans in the opening (0-1).
- In semi-finalsin this scenario, the world champions would play Brazil, again for an exceptional poster (December 13 at 8 p.m.).
- And it is in final that the Blues could then find Portugal. With the specter of the final of Euro 2016 (0-1), won by Portugal, this poster would promise a good duel. The last for the France team, if it succeeds in lifting the trophy twice in a row.
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