A look at Peru’s rivals in Group C of the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Peru will be playing in its first World Cup since 1982, but will have a very tough task in a very contested Group C of the tournament. Fortunately for La Blanquirroja, they will count with their team captain Paolo Guerrero after several doubts about him missing the competition due to a failed drug test. Peru has a solid squad and will try to compete in Russia against some formidable opponents, here is a look at Los Incas’ rivals in the group stage.
France is one of the top teams in this edition of the World Cup and is already being labeled as one of the title favorites. Les Bleus topped Group A of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers with 23 points in a tough group with teams like Sweden and the Netherlands. France has safe hands in net with Hugo Lloris, a rigid backline led by Raphael Varane, a strong midfield commanded by Paul Pogba and a lethal attack fueled by Antoine Griezmann. Didier Deschamps captained France to their lone World Cup title back in 1998 and will now try and lead this team as the manager. Deschamps counts with one of the most complete teams in the tournament and should prove to be a force.
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Denmark is one of the more underrated teams heading into this 2018 FIFA World Cup as it does have a very talented squad. The Nordic side finished second in Group E of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers just behind Poland with 20 points. Physicality is a vital component for the Danish Dynamic with plenty of strong and tall defenders like team captain Simon Kjær and Chelsea’s Andreas Christensen. The attack also has some physical players like 6-foot-3 Nicolai Jørgensen and 6-foot-4 Yussuf Poulsen.
This aspect of the Danes’ game could heavily trouble Peru along with the team’s best player Christian Eriksen. The Spurs’ playmaker is a wizard on the ball that can create something out of nothing and is the key figure on Åge Hareide’s team. Denmark will only be playing in its fifth World Cup, but in three of its four previous participations, it has managed to reach at least the round of 16.
Australia is one of the more manageable opponents in Group C for Peru, but it still could prove to be a tough task. The Socceroos finished third in Group B of the AFC qualifiers then went on to beat Syria and Honduras in playoff games to get their ticket to Russia. The Oceanic side is still going into this World Cup in a transitional phase with the resignation of Ange Postecoglou after qualifying and the appointment of new manager Bert van Marwijk.
Postecoglou had been the Aussie’s manager since 2013 and this switch could still have a toll on the squad heading into the global competition. The roster is a decent one with 15 of the 23 players playing in Europe and experienced players like Tim Cahill along with players of this newer generation like Aaron Mooy and Mathew Leckie. The Socceroos have now qualified to four consecutive World Cups and are undefeated in their last three friendly matches heading into Russia.