The face and seal of Qatar 2022: the ideal XI vs. that of disappointments

Deportivo have prepared the eleven of the highlights of the World Cup, according to the level displayed and the statistics. The four semi-finalists are the contributors. And on the other hand, the less glamorous team is presented, led by Cristiano Ronaldo.

The twenty-second World Cup ended a few days ago, with the celebration of Argentina. There are still traces of what happened in Qatar. From the numerical point of view, the World Cup complied, since it broke the record for goals in one edition (172), surpassing the mark of Brazil 2014 and France 1998 (171). As there is still some World Cup atmosphere, there is a common exercise after any competition of this lineage.

Deportivo have composed the ideal eleven for the World Cup, those that reflected a high standard and positive statistics (FIFA and SofaScore data). On the other hand, we offer you the eleventh of disappointments, those players who did not find the tone and who coincided with the failures of their respective teams.

Infographic of the ideal World Cup team and that of disappointments.

The ideal XI

In the eleven of the highlights, a site to which several applied was for the arc. Livakovic (Croatia) and Bono (Morocco) had a good World Cup Emiliano Martinez It was he who won the Golden Glove. Although the Argentinian was not among those who made the most saves, he had key appearances in favor of the Albiceleste, such as his agonizing covers against Australia and France, and their advantage on penalties. He played three matches with his undefeated opponent, like Bono and the Englishman Jordan Pickford.

The right side is Ashraf Hakimi, one of the pillars of the Moroccan team. It was he who gave the most passes for the North Africans (360) and who managed the most line breaks (86). The central duo has Nicolas Otamendi and Josko Gvardiol. The Argentinian put in an outstanding performance, becoming a role model. He was the second with the most successful passes in the World Cup (530) and the second on his team with the most clearances (24). Meanwhile, Croatian Gvardiol had his perfect platform in Qatar to take the next step. He is 20 years old and is on the radar of teams like Real Madrid. He was second in steals in the tournament (11) and the leader in clearances (37). The back completes it Theo Hernandez, France left behind. He recorded 87% accurate passing and added two assists (in addition to his goal against Morocco in the semi-finals).

The midfielder has on the axis a Sofiane Amrabat. The 4 of Morocco was one of the best interpreters of the seasoned style of the Atlas Lions. such He was the one who ran the most in his team. He traveled a total distance of 81.44 kilometers. who accompanies it is Luka Modric , the powerhouse of Croatia, reaching its second consecutive podium. A link transformed into an extremely neat mixed midfielder with the ball. He recorded 520 passes and 231 line break attempts (183 completions).

Although his participation in the final was not decisive, the record of Antoine Griezmann in Qatar, it’s positive. His presence was less important, but very effective in the France of Deschamps, being a link. Or as he defined it, the “link” between midfield and offense. He stood out with 274 defensive pressings and three assists.

The attacker integrates two champions. One is obvious: Lionel Messi. It was the flea world cup, fulfilling his dream. He was directly involved in 10 of Argentina’s 15 goals (seven goals and three assists) and it was he who tried the most on goal: 32 shots. He broke the record that preceded it and scored in all phases. Your partner Julian Alvarez It has become the perfect complement. La Araña entered for Lautaro Martínez and justified his ownership. The Manchester City striker contributed with four goals.

Mbappé was the goalscorer for Qatar 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS

The ideal team closes it Kylian Mbappe, the other star who left Qatar in 2022. Although he couldn’t repeat the 2018 title, he graduated crack. He was the top scorer at the World Cup, with eight goals, including three in the final.

The Disappointment XI

The thankless part The eleven who disappointed. Most were left out during the group stage. In the aim, appears Clelor Navas , replacing at PSG. The Costa Rican, benchmark for his country, conceded 11 goals in two games (7 Spanish and 4 German).

The teams are Belgian, one of the great failures of the competition. on the right, Thomas Miller , which did not respect its main poster. He was immediately in two of the three games and never completed 90′. On the left side, Yannick Carrasco. He didn’t give the Red Devils the depth they needed for his strip. He didn’t add any assists and only managed one dribble. The central duo is in Europe: Kamil Glik (Poland) and Nikola Milenkovic (Serbia). For the Poles, in the round of 16, the defensive strength they showed in the group stage collapsed. Among the Serbs, the Fiorentina defender could not avoid the cracks at the bottom: eight goals conceded.

The midfielder of this team could start in a top team. Fede Valverde He arrived at the World Cup with the poster of being one of the best in the world in his position. However, the Uruguayan hasn’t shown anything he’s doing at Real Madrid (also because of Diego Alonso’s proposal to La Celeste). He registered just one shot on goal, as part of a team that scored barely two goals. The Serb accompanies him Sergej Milinkovic-Savic another with a sign that did not list his credentials.

Who had an ungrateful World Cup was Thomas Muller. The German arrived with the clout of being the active goalscorer at the World Cup, a seat he was ousted from by Messi. He left Qatar without converting, without finishing the goal and eliminated in the group stage, again.

Thomas Müller and Germany started in the group stage. PHOTO: REUTERS

The offensive trident has lineage types. Cristiano Ronaldo He played his fifth World Cup, but it was not as he wanted. Although he reached a record (to score in five editions), he was involved in the controversy from the moment he set foot on Qatari soil and ended up losing the job. He left crying after being knocked out. Lothar Matthäus called it “the Cup’s great failure”.

Romelu Lukaku He played at half speed and that hurt Belgium’s options. The icon of his bad tournament was the game against Croatia, in which he missed three goals scored. In the “missed clear chances” item, he added four in total. The XI completes it Gareth Bale, which did not help Wales in their bid to qualify for the second round. He scored one goal, from the penalty spot, and had a passing accuracy of less than 70%.

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Source: Latercera

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