Football is one sports which can never get boring or out of business. And when it is ‘THE WORLD CUP 2018’, then it gets way crazier as there are people all over the world who are huge fans. So here is a quick Preview for all the die-hard fans out there who are eager to know about the match beforehand. Apparently, Portugal made its way into Group B showdown along with Morocco on Wednesday
As far as Morocco is concerned, Herve Renard will have to go that extra mile to motivate his team players after they lost to Iran in their initial match on Friday.
For one in many times, Portugal made its way into a most important tournament considered as more than dark horses due to their victory at Euro 2016, and their performance with Spain. Post the injury cut short his time in the finale of European Championships, Ronaldo gave the impression that he has arrived in Russia aware of the fact that time is running out to add the Jules Rimet trophy to his long list of honours, and that longing will inculcate fear into future challengers.
When the Real Madrid star took a step back to take that late free kick in the match opposite to Spain, there was a predictability about what was to going to happen, and it is a moment which can act as the launch pad for Portugal to have a sustainability in this competition.
Jules Rimet trophy is going through a provisional period with his backline, and with old-timers and experts Pepe and Jose Fonte both screening their flaws against Spain, the national team coach must make a choice whether to draft in younger substitutes.
In terms of shots on goal and ownership, there were positives to take from Friday’s contest but Renard needs a reaction from a squad which holds the necessary experience not to be overawed by the clash in Moscow.
Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia was outstanding in the match opposite to Iran and the 31-year-old will be called upon to deliver a captain’s performance alongside Ronaldo, while young full-back Achraf Hakimi will relish the chance to try to nullify the threat offered by his Real Madrid teammate. Furthermore, Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech will be mandatory to depict more of a trial touch in the final third to add to his nine goals from 19 outings for his country, but they key battle could come in midfield, with Mbark Boussoufa and Karim El Ahmadi – despite the fact that waiting for that time of Chelsea and Aston Villa reliably – requiring to roll back the years. Along with losing the offer to host the 2026 World Cup, it has been a rough few days for Morocco but this is a squad which is unlikely to accept the general consensus that they have little hope of qualification. The Atlas Lions might need a bit of luck to get their first point on the board, but Portugal have not always taken pleasure in the group-stage section at most tournaments and probabilities could appear in Russia’s capital.
Goncalo Guedes will be on tenterhooks to keep his place in the Portugal team, but the Paris Saint-Germain winger comes across rivalry from Ricardo Quaresma. Joao Mario, the person who spent the second half of the season on loan at West Ham United will also hope to feature if Santos goes for a more offensive-minded strategy. Santos might take the gamble to rest one of Pepe and Fonte, with Ruben Dias to come in the wings to make his second entrance for his country. Furthermore, Morocco will surely go for at least one change, with Nordin Amrabat being lined out of Wednesday’s game because of a concussion continued against Iran. In fact, his younger brother, famously known as Sofyam Amrabat might take his place.
Possible Portugal lineup : Patricio, Soares, Pepe, Fonte, Guerreiro, Carvalho, Moutinho, Mario, B.Silva, Guedes, Ronaldo
Possible Morocco lineup : Munir; S.Amrabat, Benatia, Saiss, Achraf; El Ahmadi; Belhanda, Harit, Boussoufa, Ziyech, El Kaabi