According to Chris Waddle, the English would be wrong to focus only on Kylian Mbappé.
England-France, it is undoubtedly the most beautiful poster of the quarter-finals of the world cup. A duel between two very similar teams, which should start with the same system (4-3-3), and rely on the speed and talent of their attackers during the transition phases.
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What will the match be played on? Chris Waddle, Marseille’s favorite English player, gave his feelings to L’Equipe. “The final result will perhaps depend on the player who will be the most influential in midfield, between (Jude) Bellingham and (Antoine) Griezmann, predicts the former idol of the Stade Vélodrome. But also, obviously, you are face to face that he will deliver Kyle Walker and Kylian Mbappé. If the latter retains the level he has displayed since the start of the competition, he will make the difference because his game is difficult to read. You never know if it will go inside, hit or overflow. But the danger, on the English side, would be to focus too much on him. »
For Waddle, it would be a big mistake to focus only on Mbappéand to grant too many liberties to the other tricolor winger, Ousmane Dembélé. “France have very good dribblers like (Kingsley) Coman and especially (Ousmane) Dembélé. Him, if he’s having a good day, he could cause a lot of problems for Luke Shaw, with his elimination and striking qualities, dreads Waddle. His concern is that he lacks regularity: in some games, Dembélé is the best player on the pitch, in other games his passes go into touch and he ends up being replaced. »