This is it! #WorldCup FINAL DAY! As a last #AWCHQ preview for #FRACRO, here’s what that FourFourTwo guide I bought said about these teams. First, alphabetically, Croatia:
Most Likely To… – Fail to live up to a billing of dark horses. Croatia are long shots to be long shots.
What Croatia Hope Will Happen – Apart from to match the achievement of Croatia’s bronze-winning heroes of ’98 and win back the nation’s hearts…?
What Will Happen – If they don’t win their opener against Nigeria, the Vatreni could be doomed.
They did indeed win their opener against Nigeria, as well as every single game since then.
And then the clearly more-favored France:
Least Likely To… – Defend their way to glory, a la Portugal.
What France Hope Will Happen – Although the future is impossibly bright – Pogba is 25, while Mbappe, Dembele, Lemar, Fekir, Martial, Mendy, Kingsley, Coman, Adrien Rabiot, Corentin Tolisso, Samuel Umtiti and Raphael Varane are all aged 19 to 24 – France hope they’re ready to win a World Cup in the present.
What Will Happen – Semi-finals, maybe even a final, only for Deschamps to fall short once again.