At the World Cup in Qatar, the favorites France and England want to imitate the Netherlands and Argentina and also move into the quarter-finals this Sunday. World champions France meet Poland in the first game of the day, and England take on Senegal in the evening.
Round of 16: France - Poland
After advancing early, coach Didier Deschamps made nine changes before the last group game - it was followed by a 1-0 draw against Tunisia, although a protest is still pending because the equalizer was denied. Now Deschamps is back on the Star(t)elf, which made an impression in the first two games. The question is: did the Tunisia game destroy the rhythm? "There may well be more surprises," warned Deschamps. "At my first World Cup as a coach in 2014 there were still a few weaker teams. This time there are no weaker ones. All the teams that are here deserve it, everyone is well prepared."
This also applies to the Poles, who want to improve after the 0: 2 against Argentina and act more offensively. Everything depends again on Lewandowski, who said of the French: "It's a big challenge for us. We have to enjoy it and try our best." The question remains open as to which striker coach Czeslaw Michniewicz will call on to help the captain. "Playing against France means we have to dream of scoring goals," said Michniewicz. "We need to position the strikers better. Normally you don't score goals from within your own half."
Round of 16: England - Senegal
The Three Lions have confirmed their role as favorites with a strong preliminary round and seven points. Captain Harry Kane is set despite the goalless start, and BVB star Jude Bellingham should also play. "I would love to be sitting here with two or three goals. But well, that's how it is. We made it through the group stage. I feel really good about going into the knockout stages," said Kane and warned against that Opponent: "It will be a tough test. But here you are playing against the best teams in the world." It is unclear how head coach Gareth Southgate occupies his offensive row of three. The ex-pro is known for trusting his core staff, which would speak in favor of Raheem Sterling, Mason Mount and Bukayo Saka. Marcus Rashford and Phil Foden recently pushed themselves massively.
After 20 years, African champions Senegal are hoping for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals again. Back then, Aliou Cissé was captain of the Teranga Lions, today he is the head coach. Cissé has "huge energy" when it comes to a project, enthused assistant coach Regis Bogaert. "When he knows where he wants to go, he gives absolutely everything to get there." The Senegalese convinced in all three group games. After the unfortunate defeat against the Netherlands (0:2), there were victories against hosts Qatar (3:1) and Ecuador (2:1). However, there is a lack of efficiency on the offensive, and the injured Bayern star striker Sadio Mané is sorely missed.