The biggest spectrum of global football, the World Cup 2018 finals, is to see France and Croatia fighting what is expected to be a stubborn confluence of power, technical skill and sentiment. The match promises to enthrall fans and neutrales alike.
Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud are expected to lead the line for the French, but all the attention will be on the break-out star Kylian Mbappe, who will complete the attacking trident. The 19-year-old is in line with athleticism and will definitely bother the Croatian defenders.
Greizmann, Atletico Madrid's idol and France's number seven, also put pressure on him to create opportunities for attacking attackers to take advantage of.
Big pressure is on former Arsenalman Giroud who has not shot a goal in 453 minutes of football, a tournament record.
The midfield is packed with steel in the form of power plants Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi, both of whom are expected to feel their feelings. Sitting in the middle of the park is also the industrial N & Golo Kante.
The defense, Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti are expected to mana the bracket. If Varane is playing, he becomes the fifth French player who has played in both the Champions League and the World Cup final that year, after Thierry Henry (2006), Zinedine Zidane, Didier Deschamps and Christian Karembeu (1998).
Benjamin Pavard and Lucas Hernandez are expected to play in fullback positions.
Croatia gallops into this tie with a significant record hanging over the head. They evolved from their three knockout matches at the World Cup 2018 via either extra time or penalty – no team has ever played extra time in four different matches at a World Cup. The other players in three extra matches are Belgium (1986), England (1990) and Argentina (2014).
Nevertheless, Zlatko Dalic's team has shown that they are incredible of such observations and expect their determination to carry them through games.
Danijel Subasic begins in goal. In front of him, Domagoj Vida and Dejan Lovren are tasked to contain the cool French, with the help of Sime Vrsaljko and Ivan Strinic on the left and right side of the defense.
Luka Modric, the sustained force from the center of the park and a nauseous pain point for the opposition, is expected to spin a web page around France. He will be assisted by Ivan Rakitic and Marcelo Brozovic.
Widemen – Ivan Perisic and Ante Rebic – will play a crucial role. The former has been involved in 10 goals at major tournaments for Croatia (6 goals, 4 assists), the joint along with Davor Suker (9 goals, 1 help).
Mario Mandzukic is expected to lead the line for Vatreni. His air threat and power is expected to interfere with French and it will be interesting to see if the French mechanism, which kept Romelu Lukaku silent in the semifinals, will work this time.
Croatia has reached its first World Cup final, became the 13th Nation and the tenth European country to do it.
France, however, has reached its third World Cup final, winning one (1998) and losing the other on penalty (2006). Their three appearances in finals since 1998 are also more than any other team in the last 20 years, in front of Brazil and Germany (2).
In addition, Didier Deschamps notes that he will be the third person to win the World Cup as a player and as head of Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.
With the best offer from Joga Bonito's quintessential tournament tournament, many heartbeats and footsteps are anticipated in advance. French will try to erase the bitterness from the latest tournament while Croatia will try to welcome the cup home for the first time.
Redemption or revelation – a final humdinger awaits us and we just can not wait for it. Kick-off at 11:00 PM Malaysia Time from Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow.