DOHA : France will play Argentina, looking to become the first team since Brazil in 1962 to win consecutive World Cups. France coach Didier Deschamps lauded his players after a 2-0 win over Morocco in the second World Cup semifinal booked them a place in Sunday's final.
French President Emmanuel Macron and FIFA president Gianni Infantino inside the stadium before the match between France and Morocco
"There is emotion, there is pride, there is going to be a final step," said Deschamps on French television after the final whistle. The coach said that it had been a difficult game against Morocco, who had over 60% of the ball. "We have been together with the players for a month and it is never easy, but there's happiness so far," he said.
Antoine Griezmann, who won man-of-the-match, admitted he was "already thinking about Sunday's final" against Argentina. "We will have to be focused, recuperate well, and prepare for Sunday's encounter," he added, before admiring Lionel Messi.
"When Leo is on a squad, everything is different. We have watched practically all of Argentina's games, so we are familiar with their style of play. They are in a strong spot and are a very challenging squad.
Griezmann remarked, "They are a bunch that gets along well with each other like us, and they will have their supporters with them.
The forward had kind words for Morocco as well. "They impressed me; they executed their defensive, offensive, and tactical plans really effectively. They caused us a lot of issues," he said.
From the grandstand, French President Emmanuel Macron saw the game and praised France's victory.
"Our countrymen deserve simple, unadulterated delight, and sport, namely soccer, offers it. Despite the hardships, we witnessed a fantastic team. Thank you so much to our coach and our team, which is really a blend of different generations, which is fantastic, said Macron.