The 11 jewels that shine in Qatar

The World Cup in Qatar has not produced an exclusive figure. Definitely, there is no player who can be said to have put his stamp on the tournament that takes place in the Middle East, as Pelé did in Mexico 1970 or Diego Maradona, in the edition of the contest that was held in 1986.

There are several factors that influence this consideration. From the variations that the game has undergone, much more focused on collective power that in the individualities, hEven the wear and tear that the footballers have had to deal withConsidering that the majority comes from the European competitions, which were in full swing and were interrupted by the trip to Asia, the concrete thing is that it is difficult to find an obligatory reference.

Yes, you can, with numbers in hand and also based on a reasonable dose of subjectivity determine who have been the 11 most outstanding players of the group stage. Although it is just as appropriate to point out that the influence of some figures that are not in this account, such as Lionel Messi either Cristiano Ronaldo, it should start to show more in decisive instances. There where the soccer theory indicates that the cracks have to appear.

The first certainty is that the defensive block made up of the best players from the initial stage of the World Cup is virtually invulnerable. in the arch, Wojciech Szczesny He has fully confirmed the background that his presentations at Juventus already gave him, where he had had to face a titanic mission: replace the legendary Gianluigi Buffon. Two saved penalties, including one against La Pulga; just two goals conceded and 18 saves They synthesize their importance in a team that does not feel complex when it comes to withdrawing. In addition, the goalkeeper has shown that correctness is a key facet for modern goalkeepers: he has hit 104 passes.

In front of him, in a squad with a marked offensive vocation, the options have the same or more hierarchy. With Morocco becoming one of the revelations of the tournament, in a name that responds to the football history of the African country more than to the present day of its figures, it is unthinkable not to include on the right wing Achraf Hakimi. High success in the passes and vocation to look for the goal through shots, precisely, one of the scarcest arguments in the World Cup, they are worth the position. On the other strip, a history. Jordi Alba confirms why he remains immovable in Spain and at Barcelona. 175 ball transfers, one shot, three chances created and two assists summarize the work of the owner of the left wing. In the center of the defense, again, two giants. At 38, the Brazilian Thiago Silva continues to be a guaranteed piece. To his aerial solvency, he adds an optimal distribution of the ball. He has already completed 158 passes and has created a goal chance. Next to him, the Dutchman would play Virgil van Dijkanother guarantee of solidity and, also, of an optimal start of the elaboration: it already registers 209 passes. And, as in Liverpool, he has a knack for going on the attack. It is reflected in the two shots he has attempted.

The ideal team of the first phase of the World Cup.

As usually happens in the conformation of these squads, the offensive vocation is an obligatory characteristic. This explains why in the midfield the only player with marked characteristics of removing is the Brazilian casemiro. However, even so, the Manchester United midfielder has managed to make himself noticed in the other facet of the game. A goal from him allowed Tite’s team to open the defensive lock that Switzerland had set for them. The Red Devils player joked about the change of roles. “My first goal is to defend and help my teammates at the back, or help in midfield and on the wingers. However, whether you have the possibility of scoring goals is also important.”, he explained after converting. Against Serbia he had to suppress his cry, as the ball ended up horizontally.

A Antoine Griezmann, Pedro, Bruno Fernandes Y Cody Gakpo They are united by the need to always be close to the rival goal. In this context, it is mandatory to specify that the provision in a possible system is merely referential. We must focus, then, on their respective contributions. The mattress player is key for France, despite playing out of position, further behind: 144 passes, four shots, 11 scoring chances and one assist. He only lacks the goal to describe it as impeccable. In the Barcelona player, the consideration is similar: 152 passes completed and three scoring chances generated. The most forceful are the remaining two. The Portuguese Bruno Fernandes has two goals, 108 passes, five shots, three scoring chances and two assists. Pure efficiency. While The Dutchman seriously competes to be considered the revelation of the contest: he has three goals, three shots and 60 passes. It is highly probable that, after the World Cup, the cranes will try to lift PSV Eindhoven. The investment is safe. He is barely 23 years old and has a wide margin for improvement.

separate mention for the Ghanaian Mohammed Kudus, star of Ajax, who with two goals and a penalty caused shone in Qatar, although his team could not do it, which was left out of the maximum appointment. A great present and a promising future, since he is only 22 years old. Another one that the most millionaire clubs in Europe will fight for.

That kylian mbappe He is one of the best soccer players today is an assertion that does not surprise anyone. He has been dazzling for a while at PSG and was key to the French title in Russia in 2018. Now 23 years old, he is at the peak of his career. In the records of the World Cups appears none other than Pelé: shares with the Brazilian the honor of having scored seven goals in World Cups in that age range. By the way, he surpasses the Colombian James Rodríguez. In this tournament he has already scored three. He has also contributed 101 passes, made 11 shots, generated six scoring chances and provided an assist. It is, strictly speaking, a real crack.

Two that perfectly could have been in this selection are English Marcus Rashford and the Ecuadorian Enner Valenciaboth with three conquests in the current contest.

On the bench, the Senegalese Aliou Cisse gets the applause. She had to face a low key, that of Sadio Mane, the figure of his squad and of Bayern Munich, who could well have brought down his plans. However, the Africans were able to pick themselves up: they beat the host and Ecuador to advance to the next round. England stands in their way. He narrowly surpasses Hajime Moriyasu, DT from Japan, who managed to beat two powers like Germany and Spain, beyond the fact that they did not show the best version of him in said commitments. The soccer debate is open.