FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP ANALYSIS- GROUP B
Group B consists of Portugal, Spain, Morocco and Iran. As the 2 dominates placed in the group B, succeeding to the next round will be a gritty task for Morocco and Iran. Portugal are having 6th possition in the FIFA ranking followed by Spain in the 8th position. Iran looks decent with their 36th rank and Morocco managed to place in the 46th rank. Although Portugal and Spain looks brawny, Morocco and Iran can be Dark horses.
The reigning European Champions and 2017 Confederation Cup 3rd place holders, Portugal are all set to dominate in Russia. Now, the Portugal team is not all about Cristiano Ronaldo, we have seen Portugal winning in the 2016 European Championship final without his presence in majority of time. Fernando Santos, whom known for his mind games can make wonders with Cristiano Ronaldo, Bernardo Silva and Joao Moutinho in hand. Pepe's defense will also be crucial for Portugal's World Cup journey. Portugal fans wont expect nothing more than a semi final qualification.
Spain, whom had disappointing outing in the last World Cup aiming for a good come back. Their EURO 2016 performance was also downhearted failing to make the quarter finals. But managerial level change from Vicente del Bosque to Julen Lopetegui helped the team to succeed the qualifying matches unbeaten. They are having a strong warehouse of midfielders and forwards. David De Gea, Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique will strengthen the defense. Andres Iniesta, whom made the winning goal in 2010 World Cup Final will be a key in the Spain team. He will have great back up from Alvaro Morata and La Furia Roja.
After the 1998 World Cup appearance, Morocco got their token for 2018 Russian World Cup. Morocco team, now is all about young talents. Excellent performances from Hakim Ziyech and Younes Belhanda adding hopes to their decent World Cup journey. Ziyech, whom had some word issues with the coach Herve Renard has compromised before the World Cup's. Herve Renard had a crucial role in guiding the team to World Cup's with strong defense and planned attacks. The defense hasn't allowed to shake the nets in the group stage of African WC qualifications. Khalid Boutaib had excellent outings in the qualifying rounds.
With two giants in the group, surpassing the group stage will be a herculean task for Italy. They are the first Asian team to charter for Russia by defeating Uzbekistan. The Iran team doesn't experienced a single loss in the 18 qualifying matches. They are making their first subsequent World Cup appearances mainly due to the strategies from coach Carlos Queiroz. He is already displayed his confidence with the comment "Iran will not go to Russia as tourists". Young Sardar Azmoun will be the key player for Iranian team whom had excellent staging in the 2015 Asia Cup.
Group Favorites: Portugal and Spain