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France Destined to Fail at 2022 World Cup

Star-studded France is experiencing major discomfort ahead of the World Cup.

France will arrive in Qatar to defend their title as world champions, with a star-studded team that encourages us to believe that it's possible to see them lift the trophy once again. Despite having everything in their favor, "Les Bleus" are in a difficult situation, which will probably prevent them from having a good tournament in November.

Without a doubt, France has the deepest squad in the world, with up to two elite players per position. We are talking about Benzema, Mbappé, and Griezmann in attack, Kanté, Tchouaméni, and Pogba in the center, and defenders like Koundé, Varane, and Theo Hernandez. In goal, they have two guaranteed options with Lloris and Maignan.

And you may be wondering why France would perform poorly when they are also in an easy group with Australia, Tunisia, and Denmark. Well, pay attention; the current French football environment is in turbulent waters.

Pogba and Mbappé blackmail issue

Weeks ago, Mathias Pogba, brother of Paul Pogba, accused his brother of using witchcraft services to cast a spell on his teammate Kylian Mbappé.

"He called me and gave me his version of events. Right now, it is his word against his brother's word. I am going to trust my teammate.", Mbappé later stated. "I think it's in the interests of the national team as well, with a big tournament coming up."

Mbappé may have expressed his support for Pogba, who then claimed that he was the target of extortion by his brother. In the end, these types of situations deflect attention and generate an uncomfortable feeling in a group.

It already happened with Karim Benzema, who had to be removed from the team after allegedly blackmailing his teammate Mathieu Valbuena. Nothing was proven, only the accusation was enough to generate discomfort in the squad.

Injuries

Injuries are hitting France more than any other team competing in Qatar.

For the upcoming FIFA matchday, where France will face Austria and Denmark, up to 10 injuries have been confirmed, including world-class players such as Karim Benzema, N'Golo Kanté and Paul Pogba. Other first-choice names such as Presnel Kimpembe and Theo Hernandez are also out due to injury.

It is true that France has more than enough talent to make up for any casualties: Ferland Mendy for Hernandez, Giroud for Benzema, Tchouaméni for Kanté, and Camavinga for Pogba, however, when the foundation of a team deteriorates, the game collapses.

The best thing that can happen for coach Didier Deschamps is for his players to come back from injury early and get playing time with their clubs before the World Cup, in order to arrive in Qatar in good shape. Pogba's presence at the World Cup is unlikely.

Tactics

Didier Deschamps has opted for a 3-4-3 formation in recent times, and although it worked for him to win the UEFA Nations League last year, it has shown a lot of defensive vulnerability in recent matches.

The French side is still winless in the current Nations League, with two defeats and two draws in four matches. The team is not defending well, and despite having the best players in attack, they cannot find a way to find open spaces to score.

Time is running out for Deschamps, who must find a winning formula in these final friendly matches. Can he do it?

New allegations of harassment vs FFF President

A few weeks ago, So Foot published a report about Noel Le Graet, president of the FFF (Fédération Française de Football). The magazine leaked some messages of a sexual nature with which Le Graet allegedly addressed his female employees.

The French Federation filed a defamation complaint against the publication, but the French government ordered an inspection of the FFF.

The accusation has hit hard at the core of the French Football Federation, to the point that rumors of a possible resignation of the president have emerged, which were denied by Le Graet.

Mbappé-France split over image rights

Through a statement, Kylian Mbappé confirmed that he will not attend the FFF photo shoots. Mbappé's lawyers argue that some of the advertisements with FFF branding clash with the interests of some of the French star's sponsors.

Since Mbappé renewed his new multi-million contract with PSG, he has been very vigilant with all the image rights issues, watching over every penny that can go into his bank account.

Honestly, the eve of a World Cup is not the best time to generate conflict around issues of this kind. However, football today is a business and the PSG superstar sees it that way.