Foster tips upset against “struggling” France
Former Socceroo and SBS chief football analyst Craig Foster is confident Australia can cause a boil over and beat France on Saturday night.
The Socceroos open their fifth World Cup campaign against the seventh-ranked French outfit in Kazan, before facing Denmark and Peru later in the tournament in Samara and Sochi respectively.
Foster said history showed France traditionally start major tournaments slowly, paving the way for an Australian upset.
“The big guns (from France) reasonably regularly come in the World Cup and underperform,” Foster told Melbourne Breakfast.
“France have struggled in some of the warmup games and during qualifying they weren’t as dominant from a team of that magnitude and value. They have some problems.
“If it’s not going well for them, they’ll acknowledge themselves. They’re outstanding players but they think the opponent should let them run over the top and of course, that’s not the Aussies way. We can get something out of this game.”
Spain sacked head coach Julen Lopetegui just one day before the tournament begins after Real Madrid revealed he would succeeded Zinedine Zidane as coach.
The head federation later said the 51-year-old went behind their back to sign with the Spanish giant, making his job as national boss untenable.
“In my view, Lopetegui didn’t handle it well,” he said.
“It’s a surprise he didn’t go to experienced players such as Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos and tell them he was intending to sign something with Real Madrid.
“It’s an absolute shemozzle for their hopes and I had them as one of the favourites.”
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