The day has finally arrived as France and Croatia will confront each other at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow for the right to be crowned 2018 FIFA World Cup champions.The stage is set in Moscow as the final two teams square off for the right to get their hands on the famous trophy. Sixty three games filled with drama, intrigue, set-piece goals and surprise results have determined our finalists: France and Croatia.It is a World Cup final that few would have predicted at the start of Russia 2018.
Didier Deschamps, who captained his country to their 1998 success as a player, will be aiming to secure a second world title for Les Bleus, while Croatia, on the other hand, are competing in their first ever major final.
Croatia have been one of the consistent team in the tournament. Their winning mentality and never give up attitude got them where they are. World Cup It has been said that Croatia’s path has been somewhat less difficult, but they have been forced to work extremely hard nevertheless, with each of their knockout games against Denmark, Russia and England going to extra-time.
France are blessed with some of the hottest attacking talent in the world right now and arguably possess the best options of any team in Russia.Mbappe has already displayed his incredible ability at this World Cup, with Antoine Griezmann also impressing. The power and strength of Olivier Giroud has given France a crucial attacking dimension, while Deschamps can also call on OusmaneDembele’s youthful talent and speed down the wing.
Croatia are at the other end of the scale, with battle-hardened veteran Mario Mandzukic leading the line. Wingers Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic are dangers. Perisic was outstanding in the semifinal win against England and they will need to be on top of their game if Croatia are to have any hope.
No one expected Croatia to be here. But the Croats deserve their place in this glorious, magical finale. And they will not be tired, for sure. This despite the fact that Croatia have now played a full 90 minutes more than France. If Croatia can clear one more hurdle, they will make history.This ‘golden generation’ led by Luka Modric, will not be overawed by the fact they are simply in the final; Mario Mandzukic and Ivan Rakitic have already scored goals in past UEFA Champions League finals. Zlatko Dalic’s team are one step away from immortality. And they are well aware of that.
There are two big question marks hanging over this game: how tired are Croatia and can France hold their nerve to win the World Cup?As for France, they should win comfortably due to their extra freshness and depth, but they failed to deliver on home turf in the Euro 2016 final, so will they falter again?
The World Cup has seen a new champion in every 20 years, this might be an indication that we are going to get a new champion. Most of the football lovers and fans are in Croatia’s side, as they want to see a new champion. Croatia’s win can make World Cup’s antiquity richer. The world awaits as the cock tickles down for another historical World Cup final.