World Cup Tactics : Chapter 6

WORDS BY ALEX STEWART PRODUCED BY TIFO STUDIOS

Winners in 1998, and runners-up in 2006, France have a squad full of exciting, young talent. France topped a very tricky qualification group featuring Sweden, who came second, and the Netherlands, who failed to make it through. France drew their opening fixture in qualifying away to Belarus, and lost away to Sweden, but then went unbeaten (although they did, somewhat bizarrely, draw at home to Luxembourg 0-0). Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann both weighed in with four goals and four players scored twice, including Dimitri Payet, who misses out on the final squad due to an injury aggravated in the Europa League final for Marseille.

France have used a 4-2-3-1 and a 4-3-3, though their recent friendlies, including a 3-0 win over 2018 hosts Russia, have seen them use the latter formation.

France should top ‘Group C’ comfortably, and the semi-finals look well within their grasp, but a lack of experience could count against them.

Series: World Cup Tactics

World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group A World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group B World Cup | Tactical Preview | Spain World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group C World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group D World Cup | Tactical Preview | France World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group E World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group F World Cup | Tactics Explained | England’s 3-5-2 World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group G World Cup | Tactical Preview | Group H World Cup | Tactical Preview | Germany World Cup | Tactics Explained | Belgium’s 3-4-2-1 World Cup | Tactics Explained | Why Is Kyle Walker Playing Centre Back World Cup | Tactics Explained | How Portugal Maximise Cristiano Ronaldo’s Influence
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