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Clash of Titans Prepare for Battle

Today’s Italy against France World Cup Final is a true clash of titans. Both teams are overflowing with class players, but who will prevail? Here are some of the key matchups:

Cannavaro and Henry. If Fabio Cannavaro can stop Henry from getting into scoring positions, France has little chance of getting a goal in this match due to their 4-5-1 formation. Winner: Cannavaro.

Lippi and Domenech. These two masterful coaches will need to have the right substitutions in the key moments of the match today. I believe Lippi will have the edge today. Winner: Lippi.

Abidal and Camoranesi. Although Abidal is having a good World Cup, his inexperience will show today when trying to defend Camoranesi’s relentless attacks down the right wing, which will result in dangerous crosses into the box. Winner: Camoranesi.

For more tactical analysis, take a look at this fantastic feature from the BBC.

About Christopher Harris

Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013. View all posts by Christopher Harris →
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