Griezmann urges France to stay grounded ahead of WC final

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  • Post published:December 15, 2022

France midfielder Antoine Griezmann has urged his side to remain grounded after they defeated Morocco 2-0 on Wednesday to set up a World Cup final against Argentina.

In Qatar, the Atletico Madrid attacker has excelled in a playmaking role for France as Les Bleus try to become the first team in 60 years to successfully defend their World Cup crown.

France advanced to its fourth World Cup final in seven tournaments thanks to first-half goals from left back Theo Hernandez and center forward Randal Kolo Muani, who put an exclamation point on the game with his second goal in stoppage time.

“Four years ago after (the 1-0 semi-final win over) Belgium, I was crying, but now I’m already more focused on Sunday,” said Griezmann.

“Instead of celebrating getting to the final, we’re keeping our feet on the ground. We’re focused on recovering well and preparing for the game.

“The Moroccans impressed me. They were set up very well tactically, defensively, offensively. After half-time they created a lot of problems for us.

“The fact we scored an early goal made things easier for us as well. The second goal made it more comfortable for us. These matches are hard, they’re decided by the small details.”

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