Qatar 2022: What awaits Tunisia

Qatar 2022: What awaits Tunisia

For its sixth participation in a World Cup finals, Tunisia is still running behind a first qualification in the last 16. Will the Qatari World Cup be the right one for the Eagles? The teammates of Whbi Khazri will in any case have a lot to do in a pool D with France, the defending world champion, Denmark and Australia.

France, a "Rooster" with a bit of a feather in its cap

France will appear as a plucked "Rooster" at the 2022 World Cup. And for the Carthage Eagles, this could not be a more ideal time for them to face the defending world champions. For the "Rooster" may still look good, but is still a bit diminished before the start of this World Cup in Qatar.

If the Ballon d'Or 2022, Karim Benzema (Real Madrid), and most likely a future Ballon d'Or, namely Kylian Mbappé (PSG) or Ousmane Dembélé, Antoine Griezman will be part of the game, Les Bleus will also have to deal with a few withdrawals and, not the least. Particularly Paul Pogba and N'Golo Kanté, two executives but also two irreplaceable talents in the midfield of the world champions. In their absence, Didier Deschamps is forced to compose his midfield with younger players certainly talented, but far from having the profession and leadership of their two elders.

Another point that could lead Tunisia to believe against France: the status of favorite that sticks to the skin of the Blues. Rightly so. But this status is not what succeeds most in France. The proof, announced as the scarecrow of Euro 2021, Les Bleus took the door in the eighth finals, eliminated by a team largely within their reach: Switzerland.

These are all small details on which the coach of Tunisia, Jaled Kadri, can capitalize to push the Eagles to attack the "Rooster" where it can be fatal.

"Danish Dynamites"
To say that Denmark is among the favorites would be an exaggerated in view of the numbers and experience enjoyed by teams like Brazil, Argentina, France. Nevertheless, the selection trained by Kasper Hjulmand remains one of the formations to be feared at the World Cup 2022. Author of a beautiful Euro where they surprised the world by reaching the semi-finals, Denmark remains on a good momentum.

Eriksen's team-mates have done magnificently in the qualifying stages of the Qatari World Cup, winning nine straight games in their group and losing just one. They became the third nation to book their ticket to the World Cup behind the host country, Qatar, and Germany. The Danes have entered a new dimension and have once again demonstrated, if proof were needed, what they are capable of in the 2021-2022 Nations League. They stand in the way of France, the defending champion, winner, beating them in both the first and second leg (2-1, 2-0). It is therefore the confidence to block that the Danes will approach the World Cup 2022, the sixth in their history. And beware of the Tunisians.

Australia, a notch below
Among the three opponents of Tunisia, Australia seems to be the weakest team, so the one that is more within reach. However, the Socceroos do not lack assets to show in this group. First of all, their experience in the tournament. In Qatar, Australia will make their fifth appearance at the World Cup. Graham Arnold's men know how to approach the competition. This is not negligible in a tournament as competitive as the World Cup where every detail counts.

Far from being the most attractive team with the ball, Australia tends to compensate for its technical deficiencies by a great tactical rigor, leaving as little space as possible to its opponents. One of the other strengths of Awer Mabil's teammates is set-pieces. The 36th team in the FIFA rankings has players with imposing sizes that can often make the difference in the air. Tunisia will have to be wary.

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