During his induction at the head of the Uruguayan selection, Marcelo Bielsa congratulated Argentina on their coronation at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. ‘El Loco’ felt that the France team had the best players but Abiceleste were better on the pitch in the final.
Five months after the 2022 World Cup final in Qatar, it is worth remembering, with a clear head: theFrench team was largely dominated by theArgentine at the time of the final at Lusail Stadium. And this, for 79 minutes, before Kylian Mbappé’s incredible double, but also during extra time. The victory of the Albiceleste in the penalty shootout (4-2) rewarded the best team on the field.
Marcelo Bielsa had the opportunity to discuss the coronation of his country on December 18, during his presentation as the new coach of Uruguay. ” Before the match, I made a comparison of each French and Argentinian players, position by position. My conclusion was that there were 9 Frenchmen better than 9 Argentinians. Argentina not only deserved the victory, but also dominated the game for 80 minutes ».
“Much better players” than the French
To the former Argentine coach (1998-2004) to conclude: ” It was the best possible reward for the coach, the technical staff and the players. They turned out to be much better players than their opponents despite pre-match analysis showing otherwise ».
The analysis of “El Loco” hurts the Blues of Antoine Griezmann but also another ex-OM coach, Didier Deschamps, much less adored by the Vélodrome (despite the title of champion in 2010). With the certainties acquired in Russia, and without a Karim Benzema who was visibly overshadowing the tricolor executives, “La Dèche” was unable to find the ingredients to be superior to England, Morocco and then Argentina.