The Blues know their next Nations League group. Holders of the title after their success in Milan against Spain (2-1) last October, the French team will face Denmark, Croatia and Austria. Not really a cakewalk for Didier Deschamps and his men, who will therefore play a remake of the last World Cup final won against the Croats. As for the Danes, they come straight from a semi-final at the last Euro 2020. Finally, the Austrians had given Italy a lot of trouble in the round of 16 (2-1 ap).
But on paper, the draw could have been much worse for the Blues, who therefore inherited a group, however affordable. Quite the opposite of the Italian European champions who will face England, their opponent in the final of the last Euro, Germany and Hungary. (Very) heavy for the Nazionale, not yet certain to play the next World Cup in Qatar.
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The League of Nations, launched by UEFA to restore interest in international matches without a stake, will take on a special flavor in its third edition, at the dawn of a year closed by the World Cup scheduled for November 21 to December 18. in Qatar. Because by then, the major football nations will only have three gatherings to eat, two of which will be devoted to this 2022-2023 Nations League, in June (four matches) and in September (two matches ).
Mikel Oyarzabal (Spain)
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Spain, rejuvenated and enthusiastic under the direction of Luis Enrique, will face Portugal of Cristiano Ronaldo, the astonishing Switzerland, executioner of the Italians on the road to the World Cup, and the Czech Republic of striker Patrik Schick. Finally, Belgium, N.1 in the FIFA rankings, inherited the Netherlands from Memphis Depay, Poland from Robert Lewandowski and Wales from Gareth Bale.
Deschamps quite satisfied
The Nations League drawcould have been worse, on paper“For the France team, reacted coach Didier Deschamps on Thursday.I have great respect for all nations including these“, explained the technician to some media including AFP, gathered in Nice from where Deschamps followed the draw carried out remotely by UEFA.
« Beyond that, it allows us to have opponents with different profiles. And that, in view of the World Cup, is interesting« , he added. The coach confirmed that this third edition of the League of Nations would be dedicated to the preparation of the World Cup (November 21 – December 18), with its dates scheduled for June (four matches) and September ( two games).
Didier Deschamps, on the sidelines of the match won 8-0 by France against Kazakhstan – 13/11/2021
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« Due to the situation, with the impossibility of having preparation or friendly matches before the World Cup, these six matches will serve as preparation« , he said from the district of the Côte-d’Azur. The Blues approach the event as defending champions, which « will be part of history« . »We are title holders but it’s a new edition that starts again in a different year, which changes the situation and the objectives a little.« , concluded « DD ». « Even if when we are France, we want to qualify for the Final 4« .
Composition of the 2022/23 Nations League groups, divided into the four divisions ranging from League A (the best) to League D, after the draw made on Thursday in Nyon, Switzerland.
. Group 1: France, Denmark, Croatia, Austria
. Group 2: Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Czech Republic
. Group 3: Italy, Germany, England, Hungary
. Group 4: Belgium, Netherlands, Poland, Wales
. Group 1: Ukraine, Scotland, Ireland, Armenia
. Group 2: Iceland, Russia, Israel, Albania
. Group 3: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Finland, Romania, Montenegro
. Group 4: Sweden, Norway, Serbia, Slovenia
. Group 1: Turkey, Luxembourg, Lithuania, Faroe Islands
. Group 2: Northern Ireland, Greece, Kosovo, Cyprus/Estonia
. Group 3: Slovakia, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan/Moldova
. Group 4: Bulgaria, North Macedonia, Georgia, Gibraltar
. Group 1: Liechtenstein, Kazakhstan/Moldova, Andorra, Latvia
. Group 2: Malta, Cyprus/Estonia, San Marino
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