According to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, the results of the World Cup group stages showed teams moving forward without complications, being mentally prepared and not distracted by political issues.
Referring to the shock exits of Germany, Belgium and Denmark, speaking during a technical analysis of the group stages by world governing body FIFA, Wenger said it was remarkable that teams that focused on football and started well, Easy to reach last 16 like Brazil, France and England
“The teams that weren’t disappointed in their first game performance – because when you came into the World Cup you knew you didn’t have to lose the first game – what the teams with experience, they have the results….they played in the first Well played game,” Wenger said on Sunday.
“As well as teams that were mentally prepared and had the mindset to focus on the competition and not the political showdown.”
The Qatar World Cup has seen an unusual amount of political discussion from teams, with some voicing concerns about the host’s treatment of migrant workers, its approach to LGBT rights and FIFA’s threats to punish players for political statements Is.