France is fully aware that Morocco is not only good at defending, as the two teams prepare for an unlikely encounter in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Wednesday.
Morocco reached the round of four by defeating Spain and Portugal in the knockout rounds, conceding only one goal in the tournament.
Morocco’s ability to move the ball quickly and take possession of it impressed, so the defending champions will not underestimate their opponents at Al Bayt Stadium.
We have enough experience to avoid falling into the trap of (overconfidence), Raphael Varane, the heart of France’s defense, said in a press conference on Monday. They deservedly got to that point.
He continued: They defend very well. It will be a very difficult confrontation. The team leaders prepare the players for another battle. It’s a World Cup semi-final and we need to give our last breath if we want to be in the final.
Varane knows perfectly well that coach Walid Regragui’s team is not lacking in confidence.
He said: They write history for Moroccan football. Their strength in teamwork and their recent performances have given them tremendous confidence.
“They have a high physical fitness and are very dangerous in counter-attacks and free kicks as well.”
Right-back Jules Conde, who will receive the task of containing Sofiane Boufal, does not need to be reminded of Morocco’s capabilities.
He said: I am not worried, but we know that they defeated great teams to reach this stage. We’ll take it seriously. I am not surprised to see Morocco in the semi-finals. they deserve it.
Conde added: It’s a very cohesive team. They press hard on the ball carrier. You have to play quickly to break this regulation to make the opponent lose his balance.
“We know very well the capabilities of the Moroccan players. They are a dangerous team when they have the ball with them. They move the ball quickly to the wings.”
“What they did is commendable. Morocco only conceded one goal and it was a friendly fire…We have to be fully focused to score against them.”
The winner of this match will face Argentina or Croatia in the final on Sunday at Lusail Stadium.