France 'in a bubble' to play the ideal final: Lloris

Jul 16, 2018, 00:53
France 'in a bubble' to play the ideal final: Lloris

By the time France and Denmark delivered a boring 0-0 draw, 35 games had been played with at least one goal scored, breaking a World Cup record that had stood for 64 years.

The World Cup title is the most sought-after trophy in the world's most popular sport, and is coveted globally despite the few teams that have actually won it. "Some are champions at the age of 19".

"We did not play a huge game but we showed mental quality", he said.

France´s forward Antoine Griezmann holds a press conference in Istra on July 13, 2018, two days before the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final between France and Croatia.

"They can win all types of games".

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"This team have worked so hard to get where we are, we've managed one of the greatest achievements in the world of refereeing. It hurt so much to lose the Euro two years ago, but it made us learn too".

DESCHAMPS: A natural born leader who captained teams before coaching them, the 49-year-old Deschamps has France pulling in the same direction. Talent alone is not sufficient. "Any team is then able to climb mountains", Deschamps said.

They have had to deal with accusations of uninspired tactics but coach Deschamps has shrugged off the criticism and told his players to be calm, confidence and to concentrate.

Still, in the heat of the moment and perhaps cementing himself a place in history, Antoine Griezmann celebrated the penalty kick goal by replicating the "Take the L" emote from Fortnite. He's one of our players who does the same job as the others do.

"That these 23 players are linked forever: they may follow different paths but they are marked together by this event. But I will say three important things: stay calm, have confidence and concentrate".

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"I have never seen and never lived through such a World Cup because there was a levelling towards the top and the small teams on paper really really well prepared and with defensive systems that of course are easy to implement but that did hurt other nations", Deschamps said. For 55 days, we have done a lot of work. It is the supreme coronation. "We are a bit sad, but we have to be proud as well for what we've done".

Sweet strikes from Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe extended their advantage, before a howler from Lloris gifted Mandzukic a goal four minutes later. Right now, we're in our bubble.

Midfielder Blaise Matuidi said the defeat in the Euro 2016 final - when France seemed to freeze in front of their own fans at the Stade de France in Paris and Portugal nicked a 1-0 win - would be in numerous players´ minds when they walk out at Moscow´s Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.

"Maybe if we were Euro champions we would not have been world champions today".

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