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Mind of steel, dignity of Regragui, Mbappé exposed… The favorites / claws of our special envoys after France-Morocco


Find the impressions of our special correspondents after the qualification of the Blues in the final of the World Cup (2-0) at the expense of Morocco.


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Unsinkable Blues

The question that all the followers ask themselves: are they capable of winning the moon on Sunday against Argentina?

In each match, the France team is tossed about, as against Poland (3-1), England (2-1) or Wednesday against Morocco (2-0), but each time it finds the resources to get out of it and put down his opponent.

Courage, solidarity and bravery are among the values ​​of this group, which is undoubtedly less solid and tough than in 2018, but just as conquering.

It all forms a real team.

Faced with an improbable double, these Blues, if they keep their conquering spirit, remain capable of anything.

It will "suffice" to demonstrate it one last time on Sunday (4 p.m.), in Lusail.

Read alsoThe notes of the Blues against Morocco: heroic Griezmann, impassable Konaté

The dignity of Regragui

Eliminated, beaten but worthy.

Walid Regragui honored Morocco and Africa on Wednesday evening, in addition to the behavior on the field since the start of the tournament, when analyzing the reasons for the elimination of his team against the Blues.

Without adding to it, the calm tone, the clear and precise argument, the native of Corbeil-Essonnes wanted to salute the course of the Atlas Lions, but was also elegant towards France.

It's a great team, with few things, they are able to win

, he testifies, lucid.

I say congratulations to France, we will be behind them against Argentina


Read also Walid Regragui: "I say congratulations to France, Morocco will be behind them in the final"

Kolo Muani's Fairy Tale

A daydream.

Trained in Nantes and author of a good start to the season with Frankfurt, Randal Kolo Muani had not been called up in Didier Deschamps' first list of 25.

The coach called a 26th player, just in case, but not the native of Bondy, Marcus Thuram.

It was finally after Christopher Nkunku's package that the 24-year-old striker found favor in the eyes of "DD", he who was on an internship with Eintracht in Japan at the time of being summoned.

Called at the last minute and with two small selections in the legs, last September, Kolo Muani was not intended to play much in Qatar.

Moreover, he had only played the "hairdressers' match" against Tunisia (0-1) so far.

But with the virus currently circulating in the tricolor ranks,

and a “feverish” Kingsley Coman according to Deschamps, it was the former Torcy who was sent to the front in the 79th minute against Morocco.

Coaching winner, the interested party having scored his first goal in blue a few moments later.

A fairy tale, "

a waking dream

”, before perhaps touching the grail.

Red tide in Doha

It's hard to count them all, but the Moroccan fans were fabulous on Wednesday night.

Before, during and after the game, they set fire to the Al-Bayt stadium, with unconditional support, constant din and a sumptuous communion with their heroes after the final whistle.

Football is that too, losing while being dignified, warm and supporting your team to the end.

Morocco will have marked the history of the World Cup by being the first African country to rise to such a level.

And his fans are not there for nothing.


The chilly Blues?

Of course, Morocco was not in the semi-finals by chance.

We therefore expected a tight, tough, complicated match.

Perhaps not to see Hugo Lloris among the most prominent players in the game... Above all, we had the unpleasant impression that the Blues accepted the domination of this team from Morocco.

In the end, all's well that ends well, with qualification at stake.

But a little more control and ambition might not hurt this French team.

Read also“A final to play, the most beautiful match in the world”: Griezmann and the Blues turned to Argentina

Mbappé exposed

Admittedly, the work of Kylian Mbappé is not to "



That's for the 10 players who accompany him on the meadow, as Adrien Rabiot had said in recent weeks.


It's up to him to make the difference in front

," added the Turinese.

Except that “KM” hasn't made a difference since Poland and it still does little in terms of shadow work.

Problem ?

Morocco is strong on its right side.

And the mistakes of Bondy's crack were seen... “

The Moroccans caused us a lot of problems after the break and the coach realized it.

That's why he had made a change by putting Marcus on the left.

It did us good because we had more people on this side to help Theo defend

“said Antoine Griezmann after the meeting.

In his mouth, it was perhaps not a tackle addressed to Mbappé.


But it's a fact: the PSG star did not help his team in this area.

Note that he was behind the two French goals all the same on Wednesday.

Read alsoRabiot “sick”, Upamecano “not 100%”, Coman “febrile”… No psychosis or “parano”, but some precautions for the Blues

The Blues are dropping like flies

Temperatures drop in Doha, the air conditioning still works at full speed, but the Blues catch a cold.

In a World Cup where the Covid test is not compulsory, which makes the control almost pointless, the French team had to do without Adrien Rabiot, who stayed at the hotel, nor Dayot Upamecano, nailed to the bench.

Kingsley Coman, who did not come into play, felt "


" on Wednesday.

What's happening ?

Flu-like symptoms ?

Return of the Covid?

Didier Deschamps assured that "

all precautions

" were taken, while Aurélien Tchouameni joked that hydroalcoholic gels were back on the tables at the hotel.

Hoping that all these little people are on their feet on Sunday.

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