The former captain of BarcelonaCarles Puyol, said this Thursday that the French national team is the big favorite to win the Qatar World Cup in 2022, which will be played between November and December.
“France have an impressive selection, any of the 23 players can start. We have to see how they get to the World Cup, but for me they are favourites,” said the former world champion player with Spain in 2010, on a visit to Chile for a sporting event.
The former Barça defender was in the South American country for the relaunch of the Scotiabank Fútbol Club platform, an initiative that seeks to promote the development of children through sport, and in a press conference he gave his opinion on the World Cup, which will be played for the first time in the Middle East.
In the Qatar Cup, France, current defenders of the title after winning the second world championship in Russia (2018) against Croatia (4-2), will share group D with Australia, Denmark and Tunisia.
For Puyol, who played 100 official matches and three World Cups with Spain, his country’s team is behind others like Argentina, Brazil and Germany.
“I don’t think Spain have to be the favourites, but I have a lot of confidence in this young generation. I wish them good luck and we’ll see how far we can go,” he said of the renewed Spain team, which advanced to the semi-finals of the last European Championship. , played in 2021.
In addition, he asked for patience with the team and appealed to the more experienced players to help the younger ones. “There are players with a lot of will, with a lot of strength. The fans, the press, sometimes want immediate results and at times they don’t have the patience they should have”, said Puyol.
Spain will debut in the Qatar Cup on November 23, 2022 against Costa Rica, in group E, which also has four-time world champions Germany and Japan.