Beaten by Denmark last Friday, the France team must avoid another poor performance against Croatia on Monday evening in Split, because the results of the League of Nations are taken into account for the Euro 2024 qualifiers.
Scheduled after a grueling European season, the League of Nations is not that useless. Far from there. The results of the UEFA competition directly impact the qualifiers for the 2024 European Nations Championship (in Germany). The overall ranking of this Nations League will not only define the March 2024 play-offs but first of all the hats for the qualifying draw on October 9th.
L’French team don’t play this LDN for cheap. After an entry defeat in her group, last Friday, against Denmark (1-2), she continues with a shock in Croatia, Monday (8:45 p.m.), before facing Austria, Friday, and finishing this international window against these same Croats, in a week. For the Blues of Didier Deschamps, an improbable zero point would deprive them of the top seeded hat (10 teams) for the Euro qualifiers.
Germany was hat
Remember, in the fall of 2018, Germany took just two points in the group of death of the first edition of the League of Nations (against France and the Netherlands) and then appeared in the 2nd hat of the Euro 2020 qualifiers. The Nationalmannschaft had again inherited the Oranje in its group, to finish in the lead, each group offering two tickets for the final tournament.
On paper, it would be quite incredible to see Karim Benzema and his teammates, favorites for the next 2022 World Cup in Qatar, collapse during the 6 days of the League of Nations. The concern, currently, is that the group of “La Dèche” has been devastated by injuries since the start of the rally (Varane was injured, Koundé, Kanté, Coman, Mbappé and Benzema are diminished before Croatia-France).
12 teams in play-offs
In short, the Blues must play the game during this League of Nations 2022-2023, so as not to find themselves facing a big continental nation during the Euro 2024 qualifiers. With the risk of not qualifying and having to go through the Euro dams. This time there will be not 3 but 4 Final Four (for League A, B and C, Division D with only 7 national selections left).
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