Canada’s men’s soccer squad will face next World Cup host Qatar on Friday in what will be John Herdman’s men’s first international test before the real show.
In its preparation for the World Cup, scheduled for November, Canada only faced teams from its own confederation, CONCACAF. In the next week, they will cross swords with Qatar and Uruguay, two countries which will also take part in the tournament.
These meetings will take place in Vienna, Austria, and Bratislava, Slovakia.
“We know we will have to step up our game against competitors who will be at the World Cup. Now we’re just excited and ready to play,” forward Cyle Larin said Thursday in an interview with TSN.
Since they host the competition on their territory, the Qataris automatically obtained their ticket for the event. However, they are not to be underestimated, as they occupy the 48th level of the FIFA rankings, five places behind Canada.
Before stepping onto the world stage, Maple Leaf representatives will have the opportunity to rehearse and correct a few things. The national team players haven’t played together, for the most part, since June.
“During this camp, we focused on two or three things where we felt like we could take a step forward, to lay the groundwork and have less to do when we get to Qatar,” Herdman pointed out.
The coach believes that with the right preparation, Canada have the potential to surprise big teams. Jonathan David is of the opinion that he and his teammates should not approach these friendly matches in a different way. Every performance counts.
“I don’t think the preparation should be any different. We prepare a match with the intention of winning it and it should always be like that, so nothing should change, ”said the Ontarian who plays in Lille, France.
Remember that Canada inherited a difficult group at the World Cup. Belgium, Croatia and Morocco will be their opponents in the initial phase.