Group F: A Walk in the Park for Belgium and Croatia?
Belgium should come out on top. If not, count on Croatia. One might think it’s going to be those two leading the way. This will likely be the case. Eden Hazard and De Bruyne are too colossally good, as are their teammates. Count Belgium in for the next round.
Canada is fast. Davies and Buchanan are two of the fastest players in the whole tournament. Keep an eye on them. This group can light up a sideline run in a heartbeat. Will this be enough to sneak into the next round? Probably not but crazier things have happened. Don’t count Canada out too fast!
Morocco, in theory, should have a leg up on Canada. Yet, Morocco tends to disappoint. Without steady scoring, this team could be in big trouble. As such, Canada—of all countries—might have an open window to sneak into the Round of 16. Therefore, a big match between Morocco and Canada will occur, considering that Croatia or Belgium have some bad luck.
Croatia is guided by many good players, notably Luka Modric—an elite talent. He’ll push the squad forward with exquisite passing on the level of Platini in his prime. Croatia is full of creative bursts, passionate fans, scoring opportunities, and lively spirit. It’s a team to watch. Baring any bad luck, this Croatian squad should most likely enter the Round of 16 with Belgium.
While Belgium and Croatia will lead the way, keep an eye on Canada. The speed it possesses will be interesting to see at this level. If you think speed is essential for soccer success, then you’ve got it with Canada. Buchanan is probably the fastest player in CONCACAF. The order would go like this:
Fastest in CONCACAF (currently)
- Buchanan (Canada)
- Lozano (Mexico)
- Davies (Canada)
Canada might have some catching up to do with respect to skill and technique, but this team will be very fascinating to watch in Qatar!