Piers Morgan believes that France were ‘deliberately poisoned’ before their World Cup final showdown against Argentina on Sunday. Illness had swept the French camp in the lead-up to the fixture, with several top players missing training to speed up their recovery.
Ill health within the France squad started before their semi-final against Morocco. Midfielder Adrien Rabiot and centre-back Dayot Upamecano missed the clash through injury, but their deputies helped Les Bleus through to Sunday’s final via a 2-0 win.
Deschamps’ nerves were jangling in the week when other cases of a virus were confirmed within the camp. Raphael Varane, Kingsley Coman and Ibrahima Konate were supposedly affected which undoubtedly hampered the squad’s preparation.
Having witnessed a striking first half, during which Argentina dominated and France failed to register a single shot, Morgan tweeted: “It wasn’t a virus, the French team clearly got deliberately poisoned.”
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Although the low level of France’s first-half performance can’t be questioned, not everybody agreed with Morgan’s rather extreme accusation. In response to his tweet, Klaudia wrote: “Soon they are gonna blame the color of their kit or the fact that the game was so early and they are not used to playing that early.”
Following Morgan’s lengthy interview with Messi’s GOAT rival Cristiano Ronaldo last month, @AndrewMcG_90 responded: “Morgan is concerned Argentina will win this game because finally once and for all it ends the Ronaldo-Messi debate. Messi will go down as the better of the two and perhaps the greatest of all time.”
Needless to say, France woke up in the second half and Argentina were hit with a devastating one-two hammerblow through Kylian Mbappe. Firstly, he stepped up to the spot after Randal Kolo Muani was brought down by Nicolas Otamendi, before his wicked half-volley brought the game level moments later.
Unable to be separated, the breathless World Cup final went to extra-time at Lusail Stadium where Mbappe crowned his hat-trick and Messi grabbed another goal. Argentina ultimately prevailed in the shootout with Gonzalo Montiel converting the decisive spot-kick.