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Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:24 pm
by mate
As you know, of course I'm rooting for Croatia in Group F. Drawn with Belgium, Morocco, and Canada. I think it is a favorable draw.

Belgium is good, but not the most imposing European outfit. I don't fear Canada, their 1st appearance in decades, with hardly any marquee players. The team I am cagy about is indeed Morocco.

What can you tell me about them? I recall the Atlas Lions being fit, disciplined, decent skilled, but no superstars. They gave Spain and Portugal a tough time. The USA recently routed them 3-0.

BTW: this Croatian team is loaded. Modric-Brozovic-Kovacic-Perisic, maybe the best midfield in the world. The defense will be our best ever, with rising young players from the best club teams. Blend of youth and experience.

Our weakness is no world class forwards. In fact, not even 1 international class forward. We might have to gamble on players under 20. We control the middle, staunch defense, but will need many shot for goals.

How does Morocco play style wise? Any standout players?

Re: Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:45 pm
by King Futcha
I will be rooting for them, three Sevilla boys in the squad

Yassine Bounou
Munir Haddadi
Youssef En-Nesyri

I am not an expert on their team but as an adopted team i feel i can give an opinion... please anyone who knows better correct anything ive said.

they play a 4-5-1 with En-Nesyri leading the line he is a good player but not a natural goal scorer

stand out players
Noussair Mazraoui (just signed for Bayern)
Achraf Hakimi (PSG)
Romain Saïss (Wolves)

looks like Ziyech (Chelsea) will be returning to the side, he and Mazraoui had fallen out with the manager.

Re: Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Sat Jun 18, 2022 7:42 pm
by Scipio Africanus
mate wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:24 pm As you know, of course I'm rooting for Croatia in Group F. Drawn with Belgium, Morocco, and Canada. I think it is a favorable draw.

Belgium is good, but not the most imposing European outfit. I don't fear Canada, their 1st appearance in decades, with hardly any marquee players. The team I am cagy about is indeed Morocco.

What can you tell me about them? I recall the Atlas Lions being fit, disciplined, decent skilled, but no superstars. They gave Spain and Portugal a tough time. The USA recently routed them 3-0.

BTW: this Croatian team is loaded. Modric-Brozovic-Kovacic-Perisic, maybe the best midfield in the world. The defense will be our best ever, with rising young players from the best club teams. Blend of youth and experience.

Our weakness is no world class forwards. In fact, not even 1 international class forward. We might have to gamble on players under 20. We control the middle, staunch defense, but will need many shot for goals.

How does Morocco play style wise? Any standout players?
Your team is very talented, but unfortunately age is not on their side. Belgium also has the same problem, so it will be a toss up in the match between your guys and them. You are right to fear Morocco. They are a fast, slick passing team that creates lots of chances. Reminds me of a team your beautiful country always has problems with at the WC. M...co.

Anyway we will see. I can't wait!

Re: Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:18 am
by mate
King Futcha wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 6:45 pm I will be rooting for them, three Sevilla boys in the squad

Yassine Bounou
Munir Haddadi
Youssef En-Nesyri

I am not an expert on their team but as an adopted team i feel i can give an opinion... please anyone who knows better correct anything ive said.

they play a 4-5-1 with En-Nesyri leading the line he is a good player but not a natural goal scorer

stand out players
Noussair Mazraoui (just signed for Bayern)
Achraf Hakimi (PSG)
Romain Saïss (Wolves)

looks like Ziyech (Chelsea) will be returning to the side, he and Mazraoui had fallen out with the manager.
The formation is interesting. 1 striker and a midfield battle plays to Croatia's advantage. I fear teams with 2 forwards that can score 2 goals. We might find it tough to consistently score 2 goals in a game.

I stated reading about 3 Moroccans at Sevilla. That kind of familiarity and playing together helps.

I have no doubt Morocco will be a handful.

Re: Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Sun Jun 19, 2022 12:34 am
by mate
Scipio Africanus wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 7:42 pm
mate wrote: Sat Jun 18, 2022 3:24 pm As you know, of course I'm rooting for Croatia in Group F. Drawn with Belgium, Morocco, and Canada. I think it is a favorable draw.

Belgium is good, but not the most imposing European outfit. I don't fear Canada, their 1st appearance in decades, with hardly any marquee players. The team I am cagy about is indeed Morocco.

What can you tell me about them? I recall the Atlas Lions being fit, disciplined, decent skilled, but no superstars. They gave Spain and Portugal a tough time. The USA recently routed them 3-0.

BTW: this Croatian team is loaded. Modric-Brozovic-Kovacic-Perisic, maybe the best midfield in the world. The defense will be our best ever, with rising young players from the best club teams. Blend of youth and experience.

Our weakness is no world class forwards. In fact, not even 1 international class forward. We might have to gamble on players under 20. We control the middle, staunch defense, but will need many shot for goals.

How does Morocco play style wise? Any standout players?
Your team is very talented, but unfortunately age is not on their side. Belgium also has the same problem, so it will be a toss up in the match between your guys and them. You are right to fear Morocco. They are a fast, slick passing team that creates lots of chances. Reminds me of a team your beautiful country always has problems with at the WC. M...co.

Anyway we will see. I can't wait!
It's funny because Croatia is not old.

We have a formidable midfield.
Modric - 37: yes, but an exceptional athlete.
Brozovic - 29:
Kovacic - 28:
Perisic - 33: another exceptional athlete, relies on a lot on fitness and speed.
Pasalic - 27:
Majer - 24:
Vlasic - 24:

The defense is stacked with young guys.
Sosa - 24:
Gvardiol - 20:
Stanisic - 22: plays for Bayern and stopped Mbappe in the last NL game.
Sutalo - 22:
Erlic - 24:
Juranovic - 26: speedy Celtic player/
Augmented by these guys, who are reserves now:
Vrsaljko - 30:
Vida - 33:
Barisic - 29:

Try to watch Croatia vs France. The starting defense was solid. This might be the best Croatian defense ever. I believe we have a top 3 midfield.

The problem is forwards. We're almost desperate. Rebic plays in Germany but was kicked off the team for discipline.

In my earlier post, I think Morocco playing 3-5-1 plays into the strengths of this Croatian team. I just don't know how good the Moroccan defense is to know if they can play more forwards.

I saw Morocco plays fast and ball control.

Re: Tell Me About Morocco: Group F World Cup 2022

Posted: Thu Jun 23, 2022 4:52 pm
by mate
Dang.

Not many are talking to me about Morocco.

It must be a conspiracy!

:)