Canada’s World Cup preparations begin on Sunday with a friendly against Panama at BC Place Stadium in Vancouver.
Los Canaleros were added as late substitutes for this match when Canada Soccer canceled the initially scheduled match against Iran due to rising worries over the two countries’ history.
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Canada will travel to Qatar with high hopes of making an impression on the world stage in their second participation at the finals.
Manager John Herdman faces some difficult choices ahead of the World Cup, and the aim for the forthcoming international window will be to determine who is the best fit for this squad in November.
Since transitioning from the Canadian women’s team to the men’s program, the Newcastle-born coach has gotten the best out of his players, who scored points in 12 of their 14 Octagon qualification matches, placing first in the rankings.
Given their wingers’ pace and talent, it’s no wonder that they prefer to extend the field and cause havoc in transition, since they have players who can burn you in one-on-one scenarios, as well as some of CONCACAF’s most deadly attackers.
One of their biggest problems in qualifying was that they welcomed a lot of persistent pressure into their third of the field, which is something they’ll want to work on before the World Cup, when they’ll face Belgium, Croatia, and Morocco, all of whom are capable opponents.
Canada likes to push players forward in the final third, and they have a strong midfield that can efficiently stop up counterattacks.
Thomas Christiansen and the Panamanians had a promising qualification campaign that ended in disappointment, as they finished fifth in the Octagon.
They lost five of their seven away matches and were outscored 12-2 in those defeats due to their inability to be consistently inventive and cautious defence on the road.
This team may be a lot stingier on defense while playing in Central America, as seen by back-to-back clean sheets at home and only allowing a single shot on target in triumphs in past two games
As excellent as this squad is in their set-up, they appear to crumble after a setback, losing four consecutive goals to the Canucks in a 4-1 loss last year and five to the US before scoring a late consolation goal in their second-to-last qualifier.
In this match against a dangerous Canadian attack, Christiansen will want his troops to be more proactive defensively. In CONCACAF qualification, the Canadian attack caused all sorts of difficulties for rival teams in the last third.
Panama exemplify what Christiansen has taught as a coach: a concentration on retaining possession for lengthy periods of time while establishing superiority in various parts of the field.
While the program has progressed significantly since the former Leeds United manager took charge, he has acknowledged that there is still a shortage of football knowledge that has to be addressed.
Panama can be physically daunting to play against, but they have yet to find out how to stay sharp for 90 minutes away from home, and given the depth of quality on the Canadian squad, we predict Les Rouges to dominate in front of their home crowd.