Published: Sun, July 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

France Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Croatia

France Team, Predicted Playing XI vs Croatia

8′ Ivan Strinic from Croatia directs a ball squarely in the box, but it's intercepted by a French player. One estimate from Conviva showed that viewers streamed some 23.3 million hours during the quarter-finals alone, CNBC reported. Getting the win on a bad day is what champions are made of and it is hard to doubt the brains behind this France side - Didier Deschamps, the captain during French football's finest hour.

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Antoine Griezmann is equally adept as turning space in goals.

The four people who charged onto the field in the 52nd minute simultaneously in what appeared to be old-fashioned police uniforms were tackled to the ground by stewards, but not before one shared a high five with a French player in the center circle.

But apart from that 4-3 win, France have played like a Deschamps side, with the emphasis on defence. Instead, his team will look to control the game early, letting their opponents tire themselves while looking for chances to catch them on the counter. Perhaps it's my Chelsea blue showing, but N'golo Kante has been the best player of the tournament from start to finish. But while they've been able to get by thus far by doing just enough, that might not work against a Croatian team who are experts at surpassing everyone else's expectations.

Quickfire strikes by Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe midway through the second half put France on course for the title but Mandzukic was gifted a goal by French keeper Hugo Lloris to set up a nervous last 20 minutes.

He may not take home the Golden Boot, but no offensive player has turned more heads than Mbappe at this tournament.

Pavard has been such a revelation for France at FIFA World Cup 2018
Pavard has been such a revelation for France at FIFA World Cup 2018

9 a.m. ET: Will a budding soccer juggernaut deny an upstart from pulling off one of sports' greatest upsets? Possessing a seemingly ideal mixture of speed, strength and composure, Croatia's backline will be stressed trying to keep him from getting himself or one of his teammates on the score sheet. "We have come here to enjoy the final".

"We have a such a good relationship that they will concede and say that I am not fit, I'm going to miss the final".

France have never needed to go beyond 90 minutes in their run to the final after beating Argentina in the Round of 16, Uruguay in the last eight and Belgium in the semi-finals. But if they will be unable to give their all, they will tell us. Croatia's roster is replete with such mad men. "We must stay calm, we must have confidence and we must concentrate - these are the three words we've have been focusing on to get them ready for the final".

Kane scored in England's first four games with three from the penalty spot.

Didier Deschamps' midfielders will act as border patrol in front of their defence, and they will be officers who do not grant anyone's easy passage.

Count out Croatia at your own risk.

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