Morocco midfielder Sofiane Amrabat has revealed he told a French star to stop following him. During the World Cup. semifinals that his team lost to the Rooster Army last night
Most players will feel intimidated when facing Kylian Mbappe on the pitch, but not Moroccan midfielder Sofiane Amrabat . Not just being able to catch up with the best players in the world. But when it was time for him to catch up Amrabat was able to win the ball back with a great tackle. It’s not often that you find yourself standing up and applauding. A tackle in the same way you would when a goal is scored.
But that’s what the fans Not every French supporter felt when they saw Amrabat make a perfect tackle on Mbappe. The defensive strength in Morocco showed throughout the tournament in Qatar. In 2022 was evident in the team not conceding a single goal en route to the semi-finals.
Amrabat also revealed he spoke to Olivier Giroud during the game. Asking the France forward to stop marking him during their World Cup semi-final clash. The Blues became the first team since Brazil in 1962 to reach their second consecutive final. After last night’s 2-0 win, thanks to goals from Theo Hernandez early in the UFABET game and a goal late in the game from substitute Randall Colo Muani.
With Morocco in control of the game most of the play and 61% of the ball, Amrabat was a bit surprised by the way France played in the match. But he feels it reflects how hard the reigning champions have had to play against the African side. Even Giroud was assigned to mantle Fiorentina’s midfield.
Amrabat told NOS after the game: “They don’t mess with our centre-backs, their striker Olivier Giroud follows me everywhere in midfield!” “I said. He went, ‘Stop it!’ but he replied that he was told to follow me for the whole game . ” “We were very bitter. who can’t do anything more France let us take the lead from the start. So I really think And that’s a compliment ′′ Unfortunately it’s difficult for us after conceding a stupid goal early in the game and we have to play their game. Especially with the speed they have up front, if you’re 1-0 up, it’s easier to play football.
When asked if he would look back on the tournament with pride , Amrabat added: “When we look back, I’m sure we will realize that. But now it’s mostly bitterness ′ ′ Will I be able to smile later? Probably not, it hurts even more when you’re so close [to the final] but we should be proud that we played against the champions the way we played. It’s a big compliment to all Moroccans. We really gave our best.”
Fabrizio Romano a famous journalist, also revealed that French President Emmanuel Macron visited the Moroccan dressing room after the semi-finals To tell Amrabat that he is ‘the best midfielder’ in this World Cup. Macron then congratulated Didier Deschamps and the rest of the French team in the dressing room.
Morocco conceded just one goal before last night’s semi-final against France and that was an own goal against Canada en route to the last four. They beat Belgium, Spain and Portugal , who are all ranked first . In the top 10 in the world in the FIFA rankings. And now they could become the first African or Arab nation to finish bronze when they face Croatia in the third-place playoff on Saturday,