What I believe about these qualifiers that occur as an international break affect the play of a lot of the players in their domestic leagues and other major competitions. It seems to break up the rythm of their play and hence does produce sloppy results, much like what we saw in today’s England side who failed to score twice against Montenegro as they took their chances and equalized the game once again; leaving England with a challenge in their last 4 games if they do want to avoid the play offs.
On the other side of things France and Spain played each other where La Roja managed o come out on top with a narrow lead of 1-0 thanks to Pedro Rodriguez. France looked very motivated for the most part but lacked the quality in the final half. This may as well be due to the burden of games on players like Franck Ribery and Olivier Giroud.
These players also then go fatigued into their league matches giving them poor results as well, I don’t know if this is something that concerns the FIFA but I do look at it as an ongoing problem.
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