Despite their very good close in the FIFA Ranking, France will have to take their troubles patiently before hoping to overtake Argentina.
France seems to have digested the cruel disappointment experienced in the World Cup final well. For their first gathering since the Qatari World Cup, the Blues have indeed launched their qualifying campaign for Euro 2024 with two victories. After crushing the Netherlands (4-0), the troops of Didier Deschamps have indeed chained going to win in Ireland (0-1).
In addition to taking an option on qualification for the Euro in Germany, France also carried out a very good operation at Fifa. Third after the World Cup more than 17 points from Brazil, the Blues have moved up one place and now only point to 2.47 points from Argentina, the new leader. Consequence of their two victories, of the defeat of Brazil against Morocco but also of the friendly matches to which the South American teams are confined. Meetings much less profitable in points.
Argentina thus scored only 2.54 points dominating Panama and Curaçao when France scored 15.07. The Blues can therefore eventually overtake the Albiceleste. However, it will probably not be for June. The fault of the program offered to the men of Didier Deschamps, who will indeed face Greece, ranked around 50th place in the Fifa Ranking, and especially Gibraltar, which emerges around 200th place. In case of two new victories, France will not even score 5 points.
Argentina will therefore only have a little more than two points to score to retain pole position. If we do not yet know the Albiceleste program in June, there is little doubt that Lionel Scaloni’s men will face opponents who can allow them to score these 2 points and dust. A success on any team ranked among the world’s top 60 nations guarantees them 1.5 points or more…