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FIFA World Cup 2018: These players would make the best team in the world

The 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup hosted by Russia, proved to be more exciting than the previous edition. Players and managers raised their game on the grandest stage of all, and here is our pick of the best players from the tournament.

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Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris (FRA) |Belgium's Thibaut Courtois won the FIFA World Cup Golden Gloves for most saves in the tournament (27). But France captain Hugo Lloris made some very crucial saves - the one against Uruguay's Caceres, in particular, springs to mind. He made 12 saves and was vital to his team building play from the back and cycling possession with 105 of 152 passes completed. He also made 10 clearances. Lloris just edges it into the spot past Courtois, who is our second choice keeper. As such, Hugo Lloris also gets the Captain's armband on our team. (Image: Reuters)
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Goalkeeper - Hugo Lloris (FRA) |Belgium's Thibaut Courtois won the FIFA World Cup Golden Gloves for most saves in the tournament (27). But France captain Hugo Lloris made some very crucial saves - the one against Uruguay's Caceres, in particular, springs to mind. He made 12 saves and was vital to his team building play from the back and cycling possession with 105 of 152 passes completed. He also made 10 clearances. Lloris just edges it into the spot past Courtois, who is our second choice keeper. As such, Hugo Lloris also gets the Captain's armband on our team. (Image: Reuters)

Centre-back - Diego Godin (URU) | Uruguay's Diego Godin led a very tough defence in the tournament. In 5 games, Godin made 24 clearances and 2 blocks, while recovering the ball 29 times. Uruguay progressed to the knockout stages on the back of 3 wins, and 3 clean-sheets. Godin's leadership skills have also been vital to Uruguay, and he has the respect of his team-mates, anywhere he goes. A shoo-in for vice Captain as well. (Image: Reuters)
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Centre-back - Diego Godin (URU) | Uruguay's Diego Godin led a very tough defence in the tournament. In 5 games, Godin made 24 clearances and 2 blocks, while recovering the ball 29 times. Uruguay progressed to the knockout stages on the back of 3 wins, and 3 clean-sheets. Godin's leadership skills have also been vital to Uruguay, and he has the respect of his team-mates, anywhere he goes. A shoo-in for vice Captain as well. (Image: Reuters)

Centre-back - Raphael Varane (FRA) | Varane was part of a very well organised defense. Discipline at the back and a goal threat on set-pieces, the Frenchman didn't put a foot wrong throughout the tournament. 39 clearances, 5 blocks and 47 recovered balls in 7 games is not bad. Not bad at all. (Image: Reuters)
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Centre-back - Raphael Varane (FRA) | Varane was part of a very well organised defense. Discipline at the back and a goal threat on set-pieces, the Frenchman didn't put a foot wrong throughout the tournament. 39 clearances, 5 blocks and 47 recovered balls in 7 games is not bad. Not bad at all. (Image: Reuters)

Centre-back - Harry Maguire (ENG) | The Lecicester City defender has been a revelation for England. In 7 matches, the Englishman has made 50 ball recoveries, 19 clearances, 5 blocks and 4 tackles. Also, he offers a goal threat from set pieces, much like Godin and Varane. (Image: Reuters)
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Centre-back - Harry Maguire (ENG) | The Lecicester City defender has been a revelation for England. In 7 matches, the Englishman has made 50 ball recoveries, 19 clearances, 5 blocks and 4 tackles. Also, he offers a goal threat from set pieces, much like Godin and Varane. (Image: Reuters)

Mid-fielder - Lucas Torreira (URU) | Relentless, tenacious and tireless, Uruguay's Torreira is a machine in the middle of the park. In 5 games, he completed 125 passes out of 151, covered 36.7 kms, and bagged himself a goal. Defensively, he recovered 29 balls, made 9 clearances and 6 blocks, all without getting any booking or a card throughout the tournament. But don't just look at the numbers; his performance against Portugal was a master-class as he kept Ronaldo in his pocket. (Image: Reuters)
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Mid-fielder - Lucas Torreira (URU) | Relentless, tenacious and tireless, Uruguay's Torreira is a machine in the middle of the park. In 5 games, he completed 125 passes out of 151, covered 36.7 kms, and bagged himself a goal. Defensively, he recovered 29 balls, made 9 clearances and 6 blocks, all without getting any booking or a card throughout the tournament. But don't just look at the numbers; his performance against Portugal was a master-class as he kept Ronaldo in his pocket. (Image: Reuters)

Mid-fielder Luka Modric (CRO) | The winner of the Golden Ball, the best player of the tournament, and an exemplary leader, Croatia's Luka Modric may not have won the World Cup, but he certainly owned it. His performances were vital to his side's run to the finals. 7 games, 72.3 kms covered, with a staggering 439 out of 523 passes completed, and 2 goals. The mid-field maestro also covered made 31 ball recoveries, turning defence into attack as quickly as possible. (Image: Reuters)
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Mid-fielder Luka Modric (CRO) | The winner of the Golden Ball, the best player of the tournament, and an exemplary leader, Croatia's Luka Modric may not have won the World Cup, but he certainly owned it. His performances were vital to his side's run to the finals. 7 games, 72.3 kms covered, with a staggering 439 out of 523 passes completed, and 2 goals. The mid-field maestro also covered made 31 ball recoveries, turning defence into attack as quickly as possible. (Image: Reuters)

Mid-fielder - Kevin de Bruyne (BEL) | In 6 games for Belgium, De Bruyne scored a powerful goal against Brazil, took 13 attempts on goal and assisted 2 others. He also completed 271 out of 344 passes. But more than the numbers, it was the quality of his passes that helped his side make it all the way to third place. (Image: Reuters)
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Mid-fielder - Kevin de Bruyne (BEL) | In 6 games for Belgium, De Bruyne scored a powerful goal against Brazil, took 13 attempts on goal and assisted 2 others. He also completed 271 out of 344 passes. But more than the numbers, it was the quality of his passes that helped his side make it all the way to third place. (Image: Reuters)

Left Wing - Eden Hazard (BEL) | The captain of the Belgium team led by example, as he ran himself into the ground with 56.9 kms covered in 6 games. He scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists, completing 219 out of 267 passes. Further, 11 recovered balls helped him defend from the front and switch from defence to attack with efficiency. (Image: Reuters)
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Left Wing - Eden Hazard (BEL) | The captain of the Belgium team led by example, as he ran himself into the ground with 56.9 kms covered in 6 games. He scored 3 goals and provided 2 assists, completing 219 out of 267 passes. Further, 11 recovered balls helped him defend from the front and switch from defence to attack with efficiency. (Image: Reuters)

Right Wing - Kieran Trippier (ENG) | 'Bury Becks', as he is known all over England, lived up to his nick-name with an incredible free-kick goal against Croatia in the semi-finals. In 6 games, the Englishman covered 67.6 kms for the national side. Primarily a right-back, Trippier offered a lot in the middle of the park and attack as he completed 244 of 328 passes, sent in 40 crosses and assisted a goal. He did not shirk his defensive duties either, making 11 clearances, and 20 ball recoveries. (Image: Reuters)
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Right Wing - Kieran Trippier (ENG) | 'Bury Becks', as he is known all over England, lived up to his nick-name with an incredible free-kick goal against Croatia in the semi-finals. In 6 games, the Englishman covered 67.6 kms for the national side. Primarily a right-back, Trippier offered a lot in the middle of the park and attack as he completed 244 of 328 passes, sent in 40 crosses and assisted a goal. He did not shirk his defensive duties either, making 11 clearances, and 20 ball recoveries. (Image: Reuters)

Forward - Kylian Mbappe (FRA) | This was a no-brainer. 7 games, 7 out of 8 attempts on target, 4 goals and 10 dribbles into the penalty area. It is hard to believe that Mbappe is just 19 years old. The boy is ridiculously good. His pace and dribbling, coupled with his scoring abilities bring to mind a certain Ronaldo Íl Fenomeno', the Brazilian legend. (Image: Reuters)
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Forward - Kylian Mbappe (FRA) | This was a no-brainer. 7 games, 7 out of 8 attempts on target, 4 goals and 10 dribbles into the penalty area. It is hard to believe that Mbappe is just 19 years old. The boy is ridiculously good. His pace and dribbling, coupled with his scoring abilities bring to mind a certain Ronaldo Íl Fenomeno', the Brazilian legend. (Image: Reuters)

Forward - Edinson Cavani (URU) | "El Matador" scored 3 goals in 4 games, most notably the second goal against Portugal, and covered 38 kms. His presence and movement were vital to Uruguay's attack, and allowed Luis Suarez to create chances after chances for his compatriot. If Cavani had not been injured, then the outcome of his side's quarter final clash against France could have been quite different. He just edges out Belgium's Lukaku to the spot due to his ability to provide space for his team-mates; even on a bad day, Cavani performs well for the team. (Image: Reuters)
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Forward - Edinson Cavani (URU) | "El Matador" scored 3 goals in 4 games, most notably the second goal against Portugal, and covered 38 kms. His presence and movement were vital to Uruguay's attack, and allowed Luis Suarez to create chances after chances for his compatriot. If Cavani had not been injured, then the outcome of his side's quarter final clash against France could have been quite different. He just edges out Belgium's Lukaku to the spot due to his ability to provide space for his team-mates; even on a bad day, Cavani performs well for the team. (Image: Reuters)

Manager - Didier Deschamps (FRA) | Deschamps captained the 1998 World Cup winning France team. And under his management, France have won the FIFA World Cup 2018, despite heartbreak in final of the UEFA European Championship in 2016. He is now only the third person in history to have won the World Cup as both, a player and a manager alongside Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer. Further his time as manager of the France national team has resulted in 53 wins in 83 matches for Les Bleus. His pragmatic but open-minded approach provided a balance between attack and defence for the team, much like the squad he played with in the 1998 World Cup. (Image: Reuters)
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Manager - Didier Deschamps (FRA) | Deschamps captained the 1998 World Cup winning France team. And under his management, France have won the FIFA World Cup 2018, despite heartbreak in final of the UEFA European Championship in 2016. He is now only the third person in history to have won the World Cup as both, a player and a manager alongside Brazil's Mario Zagallo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer. Further his time as manager of the France national team has resulted in 53 wins in 83 matches for Les Bleus. His pragmatic but open-minded approach provided a balance between attack and defence for the team, much like the squad he played with in the 1998 World Cup. (Image: Reuters)

Tactics and Formation | In attack, the team can line up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Torreira acting as the defensive mid-fielder shielding Godin, Varane and Maguire. This will Modric and De Bruyne to add creativity in attack - either one can stay behind while the other is forward. Hazard and Trippier can play up and down the flanks, overloading numbers in mid-field and attack. Mbappe's pace and dribbling ability will allow him to make direct runs at the opposition defence, and also play off Cavani, who can score and create space. In defence, the team can switch to a 4-4-2, or a 4-4-1-1. Trippier can track back creating a back 4, with Maguire in the other wing-back space. Hazard can tuck in alongside De Bruyne, creating another line of 4 in midfield with Modric and Torreira. Mbappe can drop back to overload numbers in the middle of the park, with the option to break free on regaining possession. This leaves Cavani up front as a target man. (Image: Reuters)
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Tactics and Formation | In attack, the team can line up in a 3-5-2 formation, with Torreira acting as the defensive mid-fielder shielding Godin, Varane and Maguire. This will Modric and De Bruyne to add creativity in attack - either one can stay behind while the other is forward. Hazard and Trippier can play up and down the flanks, overloading numbers in mid-field and attack. Mbappe's pace and dribbling ability will allow him to make direct runs at the opposition defence, and also play off Cavani, who can score and create space. In defence, the team can switch to a 4-4-2, or a 4-4-1-1. Trippier can track back creating a back 4, with Maguire in the other wing-back space. Hazard can tuck in alongside De Bruyne, creating another line of 4 in midfield with Modric and Torreira. Mbappe can drop back to overload numbers in the middle of the park, with the option to break free on regaining possession. This leaves Cavani up front as a target man. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Jul 16, 2018 09:11 pm
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