Coach of the Moroccan national team Walid Regragui affirmed that his team's players are fully prepared to play against France on Wednesday (tomorrow) at Al Bayt Stadium in the semi-finals of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
In a press conference before the match, Regragui said that Morocco will face the best team of the world and will strive to win and qualify for the final match, pointing out that although his team players are suffering from several injuries, they recover quickly. We will put together the best possible squad of players who are ready for tomorrow's match, he added.
We want to change the mentality, especially that of our continent. Reaching the semi-finals is a great achievement but it is not enough - we will play to reach the final. We have passed the toughest stages during this journey, and everyone predicted our exclusion, but we seek to win and reach the final match - it is our dream, Regragui stated during the conference.
He pointed out that Moroccan player Achraf Hakimi plays with the star of the French national team Kylian Mbappe at Paris Saint-Germain club, and knows the player's style, adding that the Moroccan team must be cautious of other players including Antoine Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele. It would be wrong to focus on Griezmann and Mbappe, which is why we will focus on all the players of the French national team, he said, expressing his confidence that Achraf Hakimi will be completely ready to defeat his friend tomorrow.
For us, team spirit is the key, as everyone works and strives to give the best they can, and we play in a collective manner and with high spirits, he said, expressing his confidence in his team's abilities. We seek to rewrite history, he added.
Regragui also expressed his delight with the level of popular support that the Moroccan national team is receiving, saying that the team is supported by an entire nation and that he is pleased to see fans supporting Morocco from all around the globe.
More than 20,000 fans will come to the stadium to support the Moroccan team tomorrow. We feel very supported, as if we were in our own country. It is an honour and pride for us to play for them and give everything we have. We hope to be the best in the upcoming match, he added in his statement.
The Moroccan coach explained that the Moroccan team plays to win, noting that it is an honour and pleasure to play against the French team. We do not fear any team - we are glad to be playing against one of the most powerful teams in the world and we will do our best to win.
Tomorrow, there will be a huge football celebration, as if we do not reach the final, we will congratulate the French team, and if we win, I believe they will congratulate us.