The start of the quarter-finals with Croatia-Brazil and Netherlands-Brazil, the player to follow, the news of the Blues: find the program of the day.
Matches of the day
Place for the first two quarter-finals this Friday. At four o’clock, Croatia will face Brazil. A big challenge for Luka Modric and his teammates who qualified with difficulty against a gripping Japan (1-1, 1-3 after penalties). But if it has the favors of the forecasts, in particular because of his great success against South Korea (4-1) in the round of 16the Seleção have shown some signs of weakness since the start of the competition and will therefore have to play at their best level to climb into the last four.
At eight o’clock, we will be entitled to a second shock: the Netherlands against Argentina. Led by the sparkling Cody Gakpo, the Oranje will want to take advantage of the (relative) defensive feverishness shown by the Albiceleste, among others against Australia (2-1), to hope to reach the semi-finals. However, Lionel Scaloni’s men are on a mission. And Lionel Messi, whose it is a priori the last World Cup, in particular. The match therefore promises to be as open as it is exciting.
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The news of the Blues
On the eve quarter-final against England, Didier Deschamps and Hugo Lloris will appear at a press conference in the morning, at 10.15 a.m. In the afternoon, at 4 p.m., the Blues will be entitled to training which will be – in addition to the first quarter of an hour – behind closed doors to finalize their preparation. One might get some indiscretions regarding the “DD” choices for the encounter. The English, for their part, are expected in front of the journalists at 5:30 p.m.
The words of Virgil van Dijk
As the Netherlands prepare to face Argentina this Friday during the quarter-finals of the competition, Virgil van Dijk spoke about the Albiceleste as well as his master to play, the inevitable Lionel Messi: “It’s the quarters, so it’s bound to be special. I’m proud and happy to be with the guys, to be able to advance to the semi-finals and to get closer to a dream for the Netherlands. I’m not worried but cautious, knowing what Argentina brings. It’s a great team with great players. We will have to be good at all levels, prepare well and be ready for this match. We do not prepare specifically for him [Lionel Messi, ndlr] but to beat Argentina, knowing the role he has had in his success for years“said the captain of the Oranje.
Player to watch: Joško Gvardiol (Croatia)
Sparkling since the start of the World Cup, and particularly against Belgium (0-0) and Japan (1-1, 1-3 after penalties), Joško Gvardiol will be one of the players to follow closely this Friday. His coach, Zlatko Dalić, considers him (already) as “one of the best, if not the best centre-back in the world right now“. This Friday, against Brazil and its countless offensive assets – Neymar, Vinicius Jr, Richarlison etc. -, he will have the opportunity to prove him right. One thing is certain, he will have to live up to the expectations placed on him for the checkered selection to reach the semi-finals for the second time in a row.
The expression of the day: “A marking on the panties”
In football, in the defensive phase, it is advisable not to leave much freedom to the attackers. To do this, individual marking can be put in place to limit their room for manoeuvre. We are talking about “branding on the panties» when it is particularly tight; more precisely when the defender sticks his direct opponent to the point of being able to be in contact, visually and physically, with his shorts. If this type of defense is appropriate for set pieces, it can also be useful to reduce the impact of a player, whether it is a center forward who likes to take depth, a midfielder organizing attacking field, or a defensive midfielder who acts as a control tower.
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