After a long month of football, Qatar’s inaugural World Cup concludes this Sunday as France meets Argentina in a battle to be crowned world champions; which Tottenham man will rejoice?
Tottenham fans will watch Sunday’s final with the knowledge that at least one of our current squad will get their hands on the illustrious trophy, guaranteed to return to Hotspur way with a winner’s medal in hand.
Either Cristian Romero of Argentina or Hugo Lloris of France will emerge victorious, but which of Spurs’ two players has the best chance of going all the way? Is it club captain and defending champions Hugo Lloris and France, or will Cristian Romero and Argentina deliver the capstone of Leo Messi’s career?
Will history repeat itself with France for Tottenham captain?
Under the captaincy of Lloris, France is aiming to become the first side to win successive World Cups since Brazil in 1962.
Having led his nation to victory in 2018, in what may well be his last World Cup, Lloris will set his sights on ending his international career in style and delivering a third world cup for his homeland.
Despite several critical injuries, Didier Deschamps’s side was amongst the favourites pre-tournament, quickly showing the world exactly why.
Topping their group ahead of Australia, Tunisia, and Denmark, France then eased by Poland in the round of 16 before beating England in the quarter-final and ending Morroco’s unprecedented surprise run in this week’s semis.
Les Bleus’ approach has mainly been top-heavy, with their star men coming in the form of Oliver Giroud and Kylian Mabppe, boasting four and five goals each.
Further back, Antonie Griezmann and Adrien Rabiot have also impressed, whilst Lloris has been the bedrock of a generally stable backline making several vital saves throughout his campaign.
With just one game to go, France will certainly feel everything is in place to retain their world champion status and hopefully gift Lloris a well-earned piece of silverware.