Can the World Cup escape the “MNM”? Sonny Anderson’s response

AFP Who of Messi, Mbappé or Neymar can most claim the title of big winner of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

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Who of Messi, Mbappé or Neymar can most claim the title of big winner of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar?

FOOTBALL – Only one title, but three potential candidates. Among the 32 teams qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, some names are already standing out. Starting with the three nations whose leaders make up the fire attack of the Paris Saint Germain : Brazil, Argentina and France.

Kylian MbappeNeymar Jr. and Lionel Messi can each hope to lift the title on December 18, with their respective selection. At the time of the final preparations, The HuffPost spoke with the Brazilian Sonny Andersonformer Seleção player passed by Marseille, Monaco, Barcelona and Lyon.

Converted into a consultant for the beIN Sports channel since 2012, he shares his opinion as a former international on these three favorite selections of the Mondial-2022.

Always expected before a World Cup, does Neymar’s Brazil have the cards in hand to win its first title in 20 years?

Brazil are the favourites, but even more so this year I think. It is a team which remains undefeated since its defeat in the Copa, which scores a lot of goals, but which is above all an extremely homogeneous team, in all positions. Brazil no longer depends on Neymar. This means that he has less stress and pressure on his shoulders to win matches on his own, as it may have been before. Today, he can share with a solid group around him and which allows him to express himself as he does in Paris.

Neymar would therefore be a more liberated leader…

Yes, more peaceful especially. Now it all depends on Brazil’s system of play: he can be behind the striker, on the side, even midfield. It is a free electron in selection. This is also the strength of Tite (Brazil coach, editor’s note): seeing that this role works very well in Paris, he adapted it to the Brazil team to get the best of Neymar, and that will make the difference in Qatar.

Do you see your compatriots as more favorites than Argentina, which nevertheless remains in 35 games without defeat?

How many games did they play in South America to get that number of wins? Almost all of them, and that’s something that plays a lot. You don’t have the same way of playing, the same speed of play. However, they managed to have a Copa America in Brazil, against Brazil. But above all Lionel Messi arrives at the best time of his career in the national team, after several complicated years. Since winning the Copa, the Argentine people finally believe that they can win a World Cup, especially if it is the last of their career.

Author of two goals and elected man of the meeting, Kylian Mbappe had scratched the Argentina of Lionel Messi during the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
SAEED KHAN / AFP Author of two goals and elected man of the meeting, Kylian Mbappe had scratched the Argentina of Lionel Messi during the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

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Author of two goals and elected man of the meeting, Kylian Mbappe had scratched the Argentina of Lionel Messi during the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Afterwards, it’s always complicated with the Albiceleste. If it’s a team that has the gritted and who is offensively very solid, where it fails for them is defensively. It’s a team that can quickly have problems behind against a team that goes quickly in front. And that was the main problem faced by Argentina in 2018: Kylian Mbappé’s speed against Argentina hurt them extremely.

“It’s going to be a World Cup for Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, without a doubt”

You mention France. She is the reigning world champion but does not arrive in the same mood as Argentina or Brazil. With its world-class attackers, will that be enough for the Blues to reproduce the performance of 2018?

By force of circumstance, France has a lot of uncertainty about the injured. When you make the list like Didier Deschamps and you already have to dismiss N’Golo Kanté or Paul Pogba, it hurts. They are two essential players in the midfield. France does not have its two pillars and that complicates things.

The uncertainties are mainly at the physical level, but that does not detract from the level of talent of the Blues. Just look at the attackers to tell yourself that France has every chance of winning the World Cup: Giroud, Griezmann, Dembélé and Coman, Benzema who arrives Ballon d’Or and Kylian Mbappé, still impressive with PSG since the start of the season.

Above all, it will have to take things quickly in midfield. Even with experienced players like Adrien Rabiot, these circles have never played in the World Cup. On the other hand, these are players who evolve in major championships and who are therefore used to high-level competition.

Of the three nations that make up the ” MNM of PSG, which do you think is most likely to win the World Cup? Barring a surprise…

Without wanting to give a prediction, it will be a World Cup for Messi, Neymar or Mbappé, without the slightest doubt. I don’t know which one will win in the end, but I know it’s one of his three who will be the best player in the competition. With, if possible, a Brazil-France final. The winner… We will see on the spot! One of these two teams is fine with me (laughs).

Afterwards, I want to say that I am very wary of Denmark, author of a quality Euro (eliminated in the semi-final against England, editor’s note). It is a competitive selection and with very good players, not to mention its two recent victories against France in the League of Nations. Watch out for them.

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