Question: Tell us your prediction on who will win the World Cup 2018 and Why?
Sergio Lobera, Head Coach, FC Goa
Croatia – France are a great team with great players, but in a final the team is more important than individuals and I think Croatia can win as a team.
Derrick Pereira, Technical Director, FC Goa
France – they have a balanced side with plenty of talent and a great blend of youth and experience. Croatia has shown grit and determination right from the start and may have the upper hand as the trend of a new country lifting the trophy every 20 years is in their favour. However, I feel that the French will break that trend and lift the title on Sunday.
FC Goa Players:
Croatia – as they are full of confidence and considering it is their first appearance in a World Cup final, I think they will not let this opportunity pass.
France – because of the way the team has been playing right from the group stages. They have been particularly convincing in the knockout rounds with teenage sensation (Kylian) Mbappe putting in some very strong performances.
France – because they have an extremely strong XI. Even their bench is extremely strong and they have many players who can come on and make a difference.
Croatia – France are favourites, but it’s a World Cup Final and anything can happen. It’s hard to say who will win as both teams have played outstanding football in the knock out stages so I can’t really say, but if I had to chose, I will pick Croatia to lift the World cup. I don’t have any reason it is just my gut feeling.
Mandar Rao Dessai
Croatia – They have been playing really good football with midfielders (Luka) Modric and (Ivan) Rakitic really shining. They have a never-say-die attitude after needing extra time and penalties in all of their knockout matches to reach the final. I think those experiences will eventually push them to be crowned champions.
France – because they play as a team and stick to the gameplan laid out by Didier Deschamps. Having said that, Croatia is an underdog and have come a long way to get to the final. They have an equally good chance of winning as in football anything can happen on the day, but my gut says France.
Croatia – as they have played a very good tournament so far and it is the first time they will be in the final of a World Cup. (Luka) Modric has been exceptional throughout the tournament and I feel they deserve to win it.
France – because I think they have a better squad than Croatia, but it’s football and anything can happen. It is going be a tightly contested affair. The French squad have young, energetic and very talented players and that is why I’m going for France for the win.