The players of the Argentina national team celebrate qualifying for the World Cup final after a 0:3 victory over Croatia (Instagram)
Despite the absence of five players from yesterday's training, the Tricolore expect most of the players of the first team to be at the disposal of coach Didier Deschamps for the second final in a row for which the reigning world champion qualifies.
Some doubt exists regarding Raphael Varane, who may be replaced by William Saliba in the center of defense, but in France they will wait for the final training session to be wiser about the squad situation.
Either way, Dayo Opamakanu and Adrien Rabio who missed the semi-final are set to start.
The Blues decided that in the event of a win, they would not visit President Emmanuel Macron on Monday, as they did after winning the World Cup more than four years ago, and this was due to the complaints at the time about the too short procession of the team bus on the Champs Elysees, just to be in time for the meeting with the President. who will also be present in the final game this time.
At the press conference, Deschamps was asked again about Karim Benzema and Zinedine Zidane, who rejected the association's invitation to the final, and it seems that the coach is tired of it: "If I don't answer, you'll say I'm nervous. I have 24 players to manage, these questions are embarrassing to say the least, if nothing more. I don't care about invitations of players, former players or injured players. I have no idea who will be there."
Regarding the pressure that the final match brings with it, he answered: "There are no worries or pressure. The most important thing before the World Cup final is to keep calm. There is a special situation here, I know that the Argentines, Messi's fans and maybe also some of the French, will be happy for Messi to win."
Deschamps also commented on the number of patients in the national team: "I understand that this is an interesting topic. We are taking all precautions to deal with it, obviously it is a complex situation and it would be better if it didn't happen, but we will do the best we can. My future? The French national team is the most It's nice that I experienced it and I'm happy here, but right now that's not what's important."
So who will win the 2022 World Cup?
Argentina is a slight favorite according to the Winner and receives a ratio of 2.65 to win, while the world champion France receives 2.70.
Argentina's last final in 2014 went into extra time and those who believe in a draw at 90 minutes will get 2.90x for this bet, which seems reasonable given the power balance.
Will Veran recover in time for the final? (Photo: Reuters)
* There have been 12 meetings between the two teams to date, with France leading 3:6 in victories and another three games not decided.
* As part of the World Cup there were three confrontations, and in the last two the winner also went on to win.
In 2018, it was France who made a turnaround and celebrated a big 3:4 in the round of 16 with a brace from Kylian Mbappe, 40 years after Argentina won 1:2 in the group stage of the 1978 World Cup, which they hosted and at the end lifted the trophy for the first time in history.
Also in the first meeting between them in the World Cup, somewhere in 1930, Argentina won 0:1.
* For Argentina this is the sixth World Cup final in history.
In the last two she lost (1990 and 2014) and in total she has three losses in this class - the only world champion with more losses than victories in the final (she won in 1978 and 1986).
* For France this is their fourth ever final - all in the last seven tournaments.
She won the eyes of the home crowd in 1998 and waved in 2018 as well, compared to one loss on penalties in the 2006 final against Italy.
* France is the first world champion to reach the final since its opponent in 1998, Brazil.
It wants to be the third ever to retain the title, after Italy (wins in 1934 and 1938) and Brazil (1958 and 1962).
* Messi will become in the finals the sole record of appearances in the World Cup with his 26th game (in five different tournaments) and say goodbye to the previous record Luther Matthews (25).
If he finds the back of the net in the final, he will equal the legendary Pele with 12 goals in the World Cup and will be in fifth place in the scoring table.
* Hugo Lloris could become the first ever captain to lift the World Cup twice in a row.
Didier Deschamps, who lifted as captain in 1998 and also won four years ago, could be the second coach to win the trophy twice in a row, after the Italian Vittorio Pozzo (1934 and 1938).
The composition of the groups
Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
World champions to date
1954: West Germany
1974: West Germany
1990: West Germany
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