By Nick Lavinio:
The first matchup of the quarterfinals features the fiery French National Team facing off against a red hot Uruguayan team that could have a chance to sneak into the semifinals.
France can look to grow in momentum as the 19 year-old Mbappe continues to kill it for the French. It really amazes me how the youngster has found his way into this unbelievably stacked French side; and he has found it with success. I honestly believe that he will be one of the next few world’s greatest players. It will be hard for Mbappe to break through Uruguay’s defense, which has let up all of just 1 goal throughout this entire tournament! Talk about some chemistry in the back line. Granted, Uruguay was given a gift of a group in Group A. It still is immensely impressive for the team to make it this far conceding only one goal.
Uruguay has a dangerous weapon of its own in PSG striker Cavani. He carried the team into the quarterfinals with the two goals to break down Portugal, the second earning its worth as a nomination for goal of the tournament in my opinion. There have been wary opinions of his availability to start against France on Friday, however. Nothing has been clear yet, and his status will probably remain uncertain until game time.
I think, when all is said and done, France moves on to reach the semifinals of the tournament. The team has far superior individual talent that should outweigh that of Uruguay alone. The French have looked calm in each game they have played, allowing teams to play in front of them while they defend well. Paul Pogba has played better and better after each game, personally speaking. I feel that he has found his rhythm in the center of the pitch and continues to get better at orchestrating the French attack. Griezmann has had a quiet tournament and needs to pick it up a bit. This game will be gritty, and neither team will have an easy time scoring.
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