Doha, 13 December 2022 - France will “not fall into” the trap of overconfidence when they take on the tournament surprise-stars Morocco in their semifinal showdown on Wednesday, French defender Raphael Varane has insisted.
Though Morocco has stunned the footballing world by eliminating Spain and Portugal in the tournament’s knockout phase — and in the process becoming the first African and Arab team to qualify for a World Cup semifinal — France’s Les Bleus remain strong favourites to retain their title this year.
“We have enough experience in the team to not fall into that trap,” Varane, one of the survivors of France’s victorious 2018 World Cup campaign, said when asked about overconfidence ahead of the Morocco match.
“We know Morocco are not here by chance. It is up to us experienced players to make sure everyone is prepared for another battle,” he said.