Dalic told a press conference: “Tomorrow is the World Cup final”.
Deschamps’ side are strongly fancied to win Sunday’s final but lessons from the recent past – including defeat to Portugal in the final of Euro 2016 – ensure they are not getting carried away ahead of the match in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium. Here’s a preview of the final, from each team’s point of view. That relentlessness should be a challenge for the youthful French side. Possessing the most talented roster at World Cup – Kylian Mbappe! The runs of Griezmann and Mbappe, combined with Pogba’s passing range and Giroud’s knockdowns, could expose a Croatian defence lacking in speed.
These band of Croatians are such a wonderful anomaly because the logical script is not for them. France take on Croatia in what promises to be an absorbing contest where the victor goes home with the 18-carat gold trophy and the tag of world champions for the next four years.
But here’s the thing about France, for all their huge talent, they play to their opponent’s level.
So far in the 2018 World Cup he has officiated two group stage matches, a round of 16 game and a quarter-final. “If I score, then that’s great, but I am more a player who thinks of the team than of scoring”.
Player to Watch: Kylian Mbappe, France.
“As a player you expend physical energy, but when you are a coach it’s more psychological and you have a different kind of fatigue”. Croatia kept possession, but nothing developed from their play afterward. Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic have reposed faith with the same playing XIs that brought them to the Final. While France saw off Argentina, Uruguay, and Belgium, Croatia had to beat Denmark and Russian Federation on penalties before beating England in extra-time. It has been a memorable World Cup, let’s hope we’re in for a memorable World Cup final.
Another factor in France’s favor is rest. The French defence then stayed firm to ensure they would be staying on in Russian Federation for the Moscow showdown. If you have even the most basic of satellite or cable TV packages, it most likely includes broadcast networks like Fox, CBS, and Telemundo.
Griezmann scored from the penalty in the 38th minute after a video review. Croatia’s roster is replete with such mad men.
Here’s how some of our football buffs in Bollywood are reacting to the France Vs Croatia finals.
The two teams are squaring off to settle an old score regarding a 20-year-old semifinal tournament where France took the title.
After failing to impress in the group phase, France have improved in the knockout phase and confidently despatched Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium in turn, without the need for extra-time.
Count out Croatia at your own risk.