Well, we had a great round of matches in the Nations League this week. With football in the major leagues over, and the World Cup taking place in the winter, fans have seen all the major teams struggle against fewer opponents. France and Belgium, the two favorites for the tournament, lost their match, while the leaders Germany and Spain tied.
Some of these results were unexpected and showed that teams needed to improve performance. However, it also provided impetus to teams that were not rated as ‘Favorites’, hoping it would be their year.
With the World Cup in Qatar less than six months away, these matches provided a sobering test for teams. The other good thing about these matches was that they imitated the conditions the teams would face in the World Cup.
As the tournament clashes with the regular Football League season, teams will have less chance of getting ready.
So, what did we learn from these rounds of matches?
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Despite qualifying in the squares, the top teams looked lethargic. Mostly, this weakness was evident in the offensive third, with teams failing to find the last pass or finishing touch.
The Germany-Italy match was a good example of this. While Hansi Flick’s men got out of the trap early and put pressure on the Italian defense, they failed to score. Eventually the hosts began to grow in the game, and put pressure on the Germans at their game.
This led to Lorenzo Pellegrini scoring after a superb assist from Wilfried Gonto, with right-back Benjamin Henrix surprising him. Even the goals scored by Germany resulted from a lucky bounce from Joshua Kimmich.
Two days ago, Wilfried Gonto (2003) was not in the Italy squad.
Tonight he made his international debut against Germany and gave a fantastic assist within five minutes of coming on!
Tom Maston 4 June 2022
Spain and Portugal match La Furia Roja The semi-final match against Italy at Euro 2020. Spain dominated most of the match but was frustrated by Portugal.
Luis Enrique’s men are the favorites to add to the World Cup for the second time, but they have to improve dramatically.
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lack of coherence
The biggest surprise of all the Nations League matches was Hungary’s surprise win over England. The Magyarok He held out to win 1-0 after Dominic Zuboszlai scored a penalty kick in the 66th minute after a Ricky James foul.
The Hungarians created better chances, and it was a few tournaments from Jordan Pickford and Conor Cody that kept the score 1-0.
Hungary beat England for the first time in 60 years 👏 pic.twitter.com/Cl6OzmQX82
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New player James Justin’s stay on the field expired early due to injury. Jarrod Bowen provided some positives for The three black.
The other team to suffer a disappointing loss was world number two Belgium. Roberto Martinez’s men were blown out of the park by a Dutch team looking ready for the World Cup. Memphis Depay scored twice for the Netherlands, while Stephen Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries added two goals each. The star of the match was Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong who put in an impeccable display in the middle of the park.
Frenkie de Jong in numbers against Belgium:
Intakes 100% complete (2/2)
Long Ball Accuracy 100% (3/3)
Air Duels won by 100% (3/3).
93 touch (most)
92% scrolling accuracy
82 passes (most)
I made 4 chances
2 beat error
1 handle made
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The Dutch failed to qualify for the tournament last time and will be looking to return this winter.
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Black horses in the race
The last World Cup saw the peak of the dark horse’s success as Croatia reached the final. The see me They lost 4-1 against France, but were admired by everyone in the world of football.
These results will give them more hope that another of the so-called black horses will be able to match or even surpass Croatia.
Teams like Holland, Africa Cup of Nations champions Senegal, USA, Canada, and Switzerland (who topped their qualifying groups ahead of Italy) are not easy and could give any world-class team a tough time in their day.
Denmark is another team that can pull off surprises on its own. Bookmakers ranked the 1992 European Championship winners as their 10th favorite team. The Danes They are also top of the group in qualifying and beat world champions France at home to make their case even stronger.
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Even Cristiano Ronaldo and Final Winners Argentina have a chance in the cup as both Ronaldo and Lionel Messi now have an impressive array of support.
The last three World Cups have also seen previous group stage winners knocked out, demonstrating how quickly a candidate becomes an underdog and the dark horse becomes a contender for the tournament.
And things will only get more interesting in the knockout stage, where one team can pull off a performance in their life to take down a strong opponent.
If this happens, this match will serve as a reminder.
Do candidates need to panic?
Well, the answer should be no. Yes, they should be concerned, but we have to keep in mind that all the players are coming out of a tough season. On top of that, the already qualified teams will work a lot to try as many combinations as possible.
In addition, most teams that did not qualify have nothing to lose, which removes the pressure and allows them to play more freely.
And the current World Cup schedule may end up favoring the big teams more. Keep this in mind. The usual World Cup cycle means that the tournament begins at the end of the league season. In this case, several players arrived exhausted. Some even missed out on injury after playing several matches.
But due to playing in this year’s World Cup in the winter, the players will play at least three months in football before heading to Qatar.
The three-month period is a good enough period for the players to reach a rhythm and at the same time not cause them too much fatigue.
However, the Nations League results for some teams showed their weaknesses and some of their strengths. Will the losers correct their flaws and the winners keep their strategy intact. Well, only winter in Qatar can answer that.