Despite classifying their respective teams, there are many football coaches who have received questions of all kinds. The alarms sound in England, France, Morocco, Mexico, and Australia.
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The Qatar World Cup has already defined the 32 classified teams that will seek to keep the most important and relevant trophy in the world of football. 13 UEFA countries, six from the AFC, five from CAF, four from Conmebol and four from Concacaf.
Well, behind these 32 countries there are 32 technical directors, and in this line it should be considered that, while some are highly valued and considered, there are others that during the qualifying process or now in friendly matches are being highly questioned by public opinion. and the fandom.
Faced with this situation, we will tell you about the technical directors who currently are facing the world championship and also are being highly questioned. They will have to withstand all the pressure that exists towards them in order to reach the world championship in a good position.
Didier Deschamps (France coach)
Didier Deschamps has been in charge of the France national team since 2012 and from then on he has carried out a practically brilliant process of restructuring. It was a finalist in Euro 2016, a competition it lost against Portugal and at home and, two years later, in Russia 2018, France was crowned world champion for the second time in its history, after defeating Croatia 4-2. Well, until then France had returned strongly to the highest level, however, reinventing itself in success is not easy, and the French are going through a delicate moment.
France, which was one of the favorites to win Euro 2020 (held in 2021), was eliminated, against all odds, against Switzerland in the round of 16. This is meant the first blow and great criticism for Deschamps. And, although France qualified for Qatar 2022 without much trouble, the team has just been left out of the League of Nations (they were defending the crown). With 2 games to go, France is bottom with only 2 points and can no longer catch up with Denmark, who leads the area with 9 units. With recent defeats to Denmark (1-2), Croatia (0-1) and poor draws against Croatia itself (1-1) and Austria (1-1), Deschamps and his team will have to prove more against Qatar, or they could suffer the evil of the champion (going out in the first round).
Vahid Halilhodžić (Manager of Morocco)
It is not easy to be Vahid Halilhodžić, the Bosnian coach who has managed to lead four different teams to a World Cup, but on more than one occasion he has been fired months before the appointment. En route to South Africa, he qualified for the Ivory Coast, but a poor showing in the Africa Cup of Nations earlier that year meant his dismissal. Then, in 2014, he guided Algeria to a historic round of 16 in Brazil and for Russia 2018, he qualified Japan for the World Cup. However, the poor results in previous friendlies and a possible bad relationship with the referents, ended up removing him from the Japanese technical direction before directing in the tournament.
Now, with Morocco's team, he is constantly questioned by the local press, despite having qualified with some comfort. The elimination of the team in the quarterfinals of the African Cup held in Cameroon at the beginning of the year and his poor relationship with Chelsea's benchmark, Hakim Ziyech, have questioned the continuity of the coach on more than one occasion. At the moment, in any case, he will be Morocco's coach in Qatar and will have to overcome a very difficult area when he faces Belgium, Croatia, and Canada.
Gerardo Martino (DT of Mexico)
Gerardo Martino is another difficult case to assimilate, the Argentine has never managed to convince the Mexican press, and despite taking them to Qatar 2022, the critics and detractors he has are many times the majority. Fans do not like how the team plays and in turn many players are not at the most optimal time, so these factors are difficult for "father".
When the results do not come and the collective functioning falters, the concern and the pressure grows, so in the face of the World Cup Martino will have to turn the situation around and, at least, get through the first phase. However, Mexico is in a group that is not easy with Argentina, Poland, and Saudi Arabia.
Gareth Southgate (England manager)
Finalist of the last European Championship and semi-finalist of the last World Cup, Gareth Southgate has done what he could with England, managing the talent available to him in a good way and reaping very good results. However, his style of play is not convincing, since for the raw material available to him it is difficult for him to enhance the level of the group, leaving everything subject to individualities.
For the same reason, and after practically being left out of the League of Nations, after a historic 0-4 defeat against Hungary in England, Southgate will be obliged to confirm that the English are favorites in Qatar and that they will live up to what is expected. Otherwise, the World Cup could mean the end of his mandate.
Graham Arnold (Australian manager)
Graham Arnold can boast having left Peru out of the World Cup and getting Australia to qualify for the sixth World Cup in its history (fifth in a row) . Despite this, he has always generated controversy for the way the team plays and for not having a good tie. In fact, in matches against Japan and Saudi Arabia in his group, Arnold only obtained one point out of twelve, that is, three falls and a draw.
This situation led Australia to play a playoff, but, as it did towards Germany in 2006 when it took out Uruguay and as it did towards Russia in 2018 when it beat Honduras in this instance, Australia overcame all the difficulties and managed to win against Peru on penalties. Arnold has been resurrected, and has managed to silence his detractors, at least until the World Cup.