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Mbappe ‘warms up’ Argentina

In Argentina they do not forget Mbappe‘s phrase a few months ago charging about South American football: “South American teams have disadvantages because they do not have the same level of competitions as European ones. Argentina and Brazil do not play matches of a high level to reach the World Cup. Soccer is not as advanced as in Europe. It is what was seen in the last World Cups, ”he said on his day. These statements have been rescued now that France is measured against Argentina. An incentive for an albiceleste team that, behind the scenes, has always made France the most dangerous rival of all. Even in a hypothetical meeting with Brazil in the semifinals they were optimistic. They had already managed to win it in the Copa América final in Maracana and they had their style and way of playing quite under control. Argentina fearfully remembers the 2018 World Cup match in which France overwhelmed their team. Four years later they face each other again with the world champion and with his greatest threat, Kylian Mbappé. The attacker began to forge his legend in the World Cups with an exhibition that day against the Albiceleste. In the 4-3 final played in Kazan, the PSG footballer had a decisive influence by scoring two goals, 3-2 and 4-2, which ultimately sent the Argentines to the canvas. The speed he exhibited made him unstoppable for the defense of Sampaoli’s men, who lived his last game as national coach. It was also the end in the selection of other important players such as Mascherano, Mercado, Rojo, Banega, Enzo Pérez or Kun Agüero. The defeat did a lot of damage because of what it meant and how it happened. The Argentines found themselves light years ahead of the French on a physical level and the power of their star. In any case, the Albiceleste has changed a lot compared to the last World Cup. Scaloni has given him another dimension since he came to the bench. They are champions of America and have managed to reach the World Cup final after losing the first match. Some players, like Mac Allister, Enzo Fernández and Julián Álvarez, are a physical and mental blessing.

prodigious physique

The same is not the case with France. The tremendously physical football of the Gauls plays against him. There is no way to control Mbappé when he has meters to run, something that France is constantly looking for. If the party is controlled by France, which seems to be it, the risk of counterattacks is total. Serve as an example the speed of its extremes. Against Morocco, Mbappé reached 35.2 kilometers per hour and Dembélé, 35.3. The Mbappé earthquake has been maintained and has even increased in the four years that have passed since the Argentine nightmare in Kazan. At PSG he became an even better player and with France he already has the stripes of world-class stars. The quote from Qatar is corroborating it. France lost Benzema in the days before the start of Qatar, but they keep Mbappé as a huge star and he is responding. He has five goals and two assists, although he could not score in the quarterfinals or semifinals. A talent in search of another World Cup.