With France – the defending World Cup champion, Croatia – the World Cup runner-up and Portugal – the defending UEFA Nations League champion, this is the table of the strongest teams in the world at the moment.
Before joining, the French team received bad news when two star midfielders Paul Pogba and Tanguy Ndombele were positive for the corona virus.
In addition, there are many stars who have been injured or were allowed to leave because of the recent Champions League progress such as Kingsley Coman, Blaise Matuidi, Corentin Tolisso, Benjamin Pavard, Aymeric Laporte …, France lost nearly a dozen stars when stepping. to the UEFA Nations League.
Despite that, 23 names in the hands of coach Didier Deschamps are still valued at more than 900 million euros and is one of the two most expensive teams in Europe at the moment (along with England). A figure shows the affluence of French football at present.
And one of the football backgrounds that can be compared to France in terms of the number of stars right now is Portugal. When Cristiano Ronaldo is still useful, his juniors are starting to show the potential to replace seniors in the race of the world’s most expensive superstars.
Accordingly, in terms of value in the transfer market, Portugal now has three players with a higher valuation than Ronaldo – who is only valued at 60 million euros by Transfermarkt because he has passed the age of 35. That is Bruno Fernandes (70 million), Bernardo Silva (80 million) and Joao Felix (81 million).
Not to mention Portugal also has Ruben Neves (50 million), Nelseon Semedo (40 million), Ruben Dias (35 million) … Even Trincao – the 20-year-old player was called for the first time – is also a throne. Promising stars, after being bought by Barca for 31 million euros.
With Croatia, their peak period has passed in the 2018 World Cup, when the pillars such as Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Ivan Perisic, Domagoj Vida, Dejan Lovren … are now over 30. At this summon Coach Zlatko Dalic did not call Modric and Rakitic to facilitate both preparations with the club ahead of the new season.
But it is not possible to under estimate Croatia. In fact, Croatian stars tend to “bloom late” at the age of 26-27. Therefore, the young players in the hands of coach Dalic at this time, such as Josip Brekalo, Nikola Vlasic, Mario Palasic … though not so prominent, still have potential.
With Sweden, they are also experiencing a “drought” star when in the team at this time only Victor Lindelof is a name known to a large number of fans. The remaining pillars such as Robin Olsen, Sebastian Larsson, Albin Ekdan, Emil Forsberg, and Marcus Berg are almost exclusively attached to the average club.
But in the hands of coach Janne Andersson, such an ordinary team has been making headlines for the past two years. In the 2018 World Cup, Sweden played impressively to reach the quarter finals.
To the UEFA Nations League, they topped the group B group stage and then won tickets to Group A this season. In the Euro 2020 qualifiers, they also easily overcome in a group with many strong opponents.
At the team level, Sweden’s defensive counter-attacking style is hailed as “the most scientific tactic in the world“. With that play, they are ready to make it difficult for every giant team. And France will face this when they meet Sweden in the first round.