France's was simple, Croatia's brutal

Esequiel Farfan
Julio 15, 2018

Now he is the coach, and he can become just the third man to win the trophy as a player and a manager, after Mario Zagallo and Franz Beckenbauer.

France's goalkeeper Hugo Lloris fails to save Croatia's forward Ivan Perisic's equalizer during the Russian Federation 2018 World Cup final football match between France and Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on July 15, 2018. I make no predictions about the outcome, except to say the game is likely to draw a massive US audience, even though traditional TV ratings have been down significantly compared to the 2014 World Cup. Instead, his team will look to control the game early, letting their opponents tire themselves while looking for chances to catch them on the counter. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.

Croatia's midfield boast 200 passes more than France's, though they have effectively played one game more. After two very quick-fire goals only the second match in World Cup history where both teams scored inside four minutes - extra time was needed to separate these two.

France were accused of being overconfident in the 2016 final, having beaten world champions Germany in the semi-final, but Deschamps insisted: "There is no euphoria here".

"There is no euphoria here, we are all satisfied because we have reached this point, and this is the biggest game of the year", he said.

"To be honest, we are in our little bubble and we don't know what is happening in France", Lloris said on Saturday.

Croatia have also played a lot more football in their six matches in Russian Federation.

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Croatia have shown impressive resolve to withstand three successive matches that went to extra-time - Mario Mandzukic´s victor in the 109th minute defeated England in the semi-final on Wednesday. They have played three consecutive extra-times and will turn up at the Luzhniki Stadium
not afraid of anything other than an early onset of exhausted legs. Hugo Lloris could cost his team a goal after a defensive blunder.

I'm not sure that N'Golo Kante or Blaise Matuidi would be anyone's idea of game-changers either but they remain equally critical to the France cause.

"The French like to chant a lot, there's lots of chanting, they bring drums, and they have their local sayings".

"We need relaxation and rest to gain freshness for tomorrow", Dalic said.

"I think that our team is quite calm".

"We have this inner strength from the beginning of the tournament with which we can overcome any challenge". He has been a differentiator for many matches for his club Athletico Madrid and was recently in the news for a transfer to Barcelona to support Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez.

Dalic told a press conference: "Tomorrow is the World Cup final".

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