France ‘in a bubble’ to play the perfect final

Reuters . Moscow | Published: 00:05, Jul 15,2018

 
 

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is seen during a training session at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Saturday. — Reuters photo

France have shut out all the euphoria back home over their run to the World Cup final in order to play a perfect match against Croatia on Sunday, France captain Hugo Lloris said.
The goalkeeper said the team were not being swept up by the wave of celebrations back home and were keeping their focus firmly on their shot of earning a second World Cup title after 1998 when they take on the Croatians in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.
‘To be honest we are in our little bubble and we don’t know what is happening in France,’ Lloris told reporters on Saturday.
‘We are far from thinking that we have reached our goal. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do.
‘They have displayed their physical and mental strengths and tomorrow we will need a great French team to win.’
France have never needed to go beyond 90 minutes in their run to the final after beating Argentina in the round of 16, Uruguay in the last eight and Belgium in the semi-finals.
But Croatia had to battle from a goal down in all three of their knockout matches to beat Denmark, Russia and England.
They played extra time in all of them and needed penalties against the Danes and hosts Russia.
‘Croatia have shown their mental strength which is quite incredible. They have managed to qualify after extra time three times in a row. There is something special in this team,’ Lloris warned.
‘They also have an incredible collective strength. We have a lot of respect for them. We need to perform at a high level and deliver a perfect match to win,’ said the keeper.

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