Danish striker Jesper Lindström believes France’s “crazy team” should at least reach the World Cup final.
Kylian Mbappé scored twice on Saturday as the World Cup winners became the first team to secure a place in the round of 16 in Qatar, beating the Danes 2-1. This is the first time the defending champions have made it to the play-offs since Brazil in 2006 .
Andreas Christensen canceled Mbappe’s first shot at Stade 974, but the Paris Saint-Germain striker converted Antoine Griezmann’s cross to take the points in Group D.
Mbappe was the best player in Doha, but Griezmann, Ousmane Dembele, Aurélien Chouameni, Adrien Rabiot and Olivier Giroud were great too.
With such a stellar line-up, Eintracht Frankfurt striker Lindström sees no reason why France should not qualify for the main match of the tournament on December 18th.
“Look at the team, I think they should at least reach the final,” Lindström said.
“They have winners. Mbappe, Dembele, Griezmann, Chuameni… even on the bench they have a crazy team.
“I think the game is always open when you play against Dembele and Mbappe, it will always be difficult because of their speed.”
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Despite failing to score, France dominated the first half with 13 shots and 0.99 expected goals (xG) to Denmark’s 0.05, with Kasper Schmeichel making two great saves.
After scoring in the final in Russia four years ago and in a 4-1 victory over Australia on Tuesday, Mbappe became the second player to score in three consecutive World Cup matches for France, after Juste Fontaine, who scored in six consecutive matches for the Tournament. 1958.
Mbappe has now scored 31 goals for Les Bleus, scoring 14 goals in his last 12 games.
“He’s one of them – the highest quality,” Lindström replied when asked if Mbappe was the best player he’s faced.
“He scored two goals, so you can’t say that we defended him well, but our full-back was close to him. But you see he has the qualities to score when he has a chance.”
Rasmus Christensen was the defender tasked with keeping an eye on Mbappe and the Leeds United right-back said: “It’s difficult. Good player, very, very good player.
“For me, maybe the best in the world. It’s a privilege to play against the best. I was just trying to do my best.”