France take on Uruguay for the first round of 16 clash at the Nizhny Novgorod with a Fifa World Cup 2018 semi final place up for grab after the Uruguay vs France clash.
Didier Deschamps side put in an exhilarating performance last week when they supremely routed Lionel Messi’s Argentina largely due to the performance of one 19 year old French player Kylian Mbappe.
His 11th minute run against almost the half of the Argentinian side was in fact one the greatest moments of this years world cup and yet the best thing about that performance was that it may not even be his best moment in the tournament. His performance on the night was simple quite majestic and it showed why we call it the beautiful game.
A 19 year old lighting up the tournament against a team containing the best player in the world right there in the biggest stage on the planet. Quite incredible and fulfilling to watch if you are not from Argentina that is.
Yet somehow in todays all important clash of Uruguay vs France, that might not be enough. A Team containing the four of the biggest and most expensive attacking players might come short against a team which isn’t even the best in their continent.
Facing them on the night is a team who have conceded a grand total on one single goal in all of their games played so far. They might infact be the best International defense at the moment which is what makes this Uruguay vs France clash so thoroughly exciting.
Ahead of the Uruguay vs France let us take a look at some of the key players for both the team.
Key Players Uruguay vs France :
Diego Godin :
He is considered as the backbone of defence for both his club and national side as his presence of mind while defending set pieces is second to none. His is one of those old school no nonsense kind of defenders and having made 121 appearances for his country he certainly know how important this clash will to be them creating history.
His ability to launch counter attacks by launching long balls in the opposition box for his attackers in incredibly perfect and so is his threat and ability to defend or attack from set pieces.
At the 2018 FIFA World Cup, Godin has featured in all of Uruguay’s matches and will surely play a critical role when his side goes up against France on Friday.
Luis Suarez :
Playing at the front of his team, Suarez will have a lot of responsibility in ensuring his sides progress and now even more so that Edinson Cavani might not feature.
His 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign had a frustrating start as he missed quite a number of incredible opportunities and chances in the opening game against Egypt but in the next game against Saudi Arabia he scored the only goal of the match.
Since then he has been quite prolific scoring another against Russia and providing an incredible assist to Cavani for their round of 16 fixture against Portugal.
A poacher in the box Suarez is absolutely one of the best strikers in the game and what even better is his ability to bring others into the game with his link up play.
N’Golo Kanté :
The 27-year-old defensive midfielder was one of the main influencers behind Liecester City’s incredible Premier League winning run of 2016 and has not looked back since then.
Becoming the first player since 1993 to win back to back Premier League triumphs with Chelsea in the next year, Kante has only improved in leaps and bounds and is an absolute beast in the middle of the pitch in terms of abilities and work rate if not physically.
A hugely dynamic midfielder, Kante’s ball holding abilities and work rate on the pitch makes him an absolute essential in this French Line up and will have a huge role to play in the Uruguay vs France clash.
Kylian Mbappe :
Mbappé is the second youngest player at this summer’s Fifa World Cup 2018 and yet already on his way to winning the Golden Ball at this this years competition if his team progresses further with his help.
Having been described previously by Arsene Wenger as a ‘ Huge Football Talent ‘ Mbappe has already drawn a lot for comparisons with French and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry and rightfully so.
After that performance against Argentina, Mbappe has a chance to create a legacy for himself right here at Russia and few would bet against that.
Kylian Mbappe has the ability and the natural talent to being Deschamps solution to Uruguay’s tireless and immensely drilled defense and will have a lot to do in the Uruguay vs France clash.
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