Qatar 2022, Le Monde: “France doesn’t know how to sell them submarines but it knows how to sink Australia”

The comment of the French newspaper: “It is still not enough to definitively blame the pessimists”.

“He can’t sell you the submarines, but France knows how to sink Australia” at the World Cup in Qatar. “From Kazan”, on the occasion of the 2018 World Cup, “to Al-Wakrah, it was 4 and a half years, 5,000 kilometers away and two more goals. But also another story to write for the continuation of the world championship. In Russia the ‘Bleus’ had started the competition with what inaccuracy (2-1) before a perfect finish. In the Al-Janoub stadium, whose architecture recalls that Qatar found pearls before selling gas, the world champions scored goal after goal (4-1). The victory is large, at times beautiful but it doesn’t resolve all the doubts”. So ‘Le Monde’ comments on the first victory of the French national team against Australia.

“The opponent doesn’t change, neither do their limits. But during a day in which the concept of ‘small team’ was torpedoed by Saudi Arabia against Argentina (2-1), the performance of Didier Deschamps’ men went appreciated for what it is: “a performance of good quality overall,” writes the French newspaper, recalling that in the last six matches France have won only one.

This victory, observes ‘Le Monde’, “still isn’t enough to conclusively blame the pessimists, the skeptics and all those who predict the French will soon be on a Doha-Paris flight”.