Deschamps can, reportedly, unleash Karim Benzema in the concluding match of the FIFA World Cup 2022, which France will play against Messi-led Argentina on December 18, 2022. The event will broadcast at 8:30 p.m. IST as it happens live at Lusail Stadium.
Karim was ruled out of the tournament after sustaining injuries at the beginning of the World Cup. A call was made to fly him back home for treatment. It is now being reported that the star striker is fit for the tournament. Karim has also been reported to be able to practice without injury.
The recovery of Karim gives the French football team another option to be deployed on the field of Lusail Stadium. Mbappe, Giroud, and Griezmann have done their best to bring the side to the final round. The recent match with Morocco is an instance where everyone collectively brought the tally to 2 goals against nil for Regragui’s Moroccan team.
Deschamps spoke with the media following France’s 2-0 victory over Morocco, but he declined to comment on Karim Benzema’s return.
France vs. Morocco was a sight to watch, especially with Theo scoring an opener in the first five minutes. It was the pressure on the Moroccan defense in the final stretch that tilted the final result towards France despite Morocco having 62% of possession. The attack was led by Giroud throughout the event. The winning goal was scored in the 79th minute, sealing the deal for a spot in the FIFA World Cup 2022 final once and for all.
Argentina is going to make it difficult for France to retain the title. Messi comes with an army comprising Alvarez, Fernandez, and Paredes, among others. Furthermore, the 3-0 victory over Croatia has instilled enough confidence in the team to perform admirably in the final round of the World Cup. Argentina has a large crowd cheering for them as Messi competes in his final FIFA World Cup.
He is presently at par with Mbappe in the competition for the Golden Boot, with each player having scored 5 goals thus far. The preparations have begun for the final round of competition. The possibility of Karim being on the pitch may require Scaloni to adjust some of the strategies he employs while playing the game.