France captain warns before Morocco match: We will face “hostile atmosphere”

Hugo Lloris, goalkeeper and captain of the French national team, considered that the match against Morocco, Wednesday, in the semi-finals of the World Cup Qatar 2022, will bring together “two strong teams”, considering that the crowd atmosphere inside the stadium will be “hostile” in favor of the “Atlas Lions”.

Lloris said during a press conference on the eve of the upcoming confrontation at Al-Bayt Stadium, north of the capital, Doha: It is a match between two strong teams, two talented teams, and each team has its goal, which is to qualify for the final. They beat Belgium, Spain and Portugal, and qualified from the group stage in first place in a group. Very tough, that tells you they are a good team and they will be tough opponents.

Loris added: The atmosphere will be hostile inside the stadium, the majority of the fans and the fans will be against us, but we are ready for anything. We have to show that we are ready to raise the bar, to be at the top of our game.

He continued: It is the semi-final. It’s a success for Morocco to be here, but they won’t stop and want to be champions for their country, and as I said before we’re preparing for the match as a semi-final and we’re focused on it to ensure we don’t regret it in the end.

When asked about his compatriot Kylian Mbappe’s confrontation with his Paris Saint-Germain colleague Ashraf Hakimi, Loris, who has become the player with the most international matches for his country (143), said: It may be difficult to face a teammate, because you both know each other well. But this is France against Morocco. There are other players as well. You have players like Hakim Ziyech who can make the difference. There is also goalkeeper Yassin Bono, who plays in Seville. He is a great goalkeeper and will provide great motivation to his teammates.

He concluded: In approaching the match, we are patient, but we want to settle things as early as possible.

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