So, the World Cup in Russia is finally here and already fans of each and every nation are eagerly waiting to see their team in action, with the hope of them going all the way to the and being declared World Cup winners 2018.
The reality is, there are some nations that are entering this year’s tournament a lot stronger than their rivals. These sides are expected to shine in Russia and are believed to be the eventual winners.
Brazil is seen by most bookmakers as the favourites to win the World Cup in Russia and it’s easy to see why. They have a lot of star players in their ranks which include the likes of Alisson, Marcelo, Thiago Silva, Willian, Coutinho, Neymar and Gabriel Jesus to name a few. Jesus is likely to lead the Brazilian attack, with Coutinho and Neymar providing the support, and this is a forward line that can cause problems for any side at the tournament. There have been question marks asked defensively but the midfield is more about hard work than swagger these days, and this could be crucial.
Germany is the team that many fancy to be the eventual winners of the tournament, especially as they’re the defending champions. They head to Russia with an extremely strong squad that is solid in all areas. Questions were asked when Man City’s Leroy Sane was omitted from the 23 but the fact that they have to choose between him and Julian Brandt says it all. Their manager, Joachim Low, also knows what it takes to deliver in these tournaments, so you’d expect them to go well.
France are many people’s dark horses of Russia 2018 and it’s easy to see why. They entered a period of transition and have been slowly progressing over the last few years, developing what is a very strong squad. They have good players in all the right positions, but the telling factor is that they have the likes of Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe, Ousmane Dembele, Thomas Lemar and Antoine Griezmann in their ranks who provide Les Bleus with that necessary verve. Having N’Golo Kante in the middle of the park can’t be overlooked either.
Spain’s World Cup campaign has potentially been thrown into turmoil with manager Julen Lopetegui axed just a day before the tournament got underway. Fernando Hierro, the former Real Madrid star who has been capped 89 times by Spain, was announced as Lopetegui’s replacement and he will instantly command the respect of all the players. While the aftermath of the fall out regarding Lopetegui may have an effect, Spain have a very good squad regardless and there’s plenty of winners and experience in the 23. They could actually use this situation to their advantage as many seem to be writing them off following the news of Lopetegui’s departure and Spain are a very dangerous outfit, especially when you underestimate them.