Didier Deschamps says France win is 'supreme coronation'

Didier Deschamps says France win is 'supreme coronation'

It showed a huge will to win. "It will be a special match because it is a World Cup final and we have to stay in our bubble to focus on the ultimate goal".

My teams are out.

On Sunday, France lifted the World Cup trophy to put Didier Deschamps in a very elite club.

"It's not just buying a piece of cloth, it's more of a genuine transfer of emotion", claimed Virgile Caillet, who represents French sports goods stores, last week.

They've raised expectations again back home.

It's tough to call.

Played alongside Laurent Blanc on France's run to the final in 1998 before partnering Frank Leboeuf in Paris with Blanc banned. They are favourites but, in a one-off game like this, you never know.

"If I score, then that´s great, but I am more a player who thinks of the team than of scoring".

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However, there have been plenty of cases of players mobbing referees, wasting time and writhing in exaggerated agony. "They're a wonderful team".

France dictated the pace of the game with Griezmann's speed troubling the plucky Croats.

France coach Deschamps who was the captain of the French side that won the cup in 1998 will be the third man after Brazil's Mario Zagalo and Germany's Franz Beckenbauer to win it as a player and a coach if his side can beat Croatia tomorrow.

"One can say he has a lucky star, but he also deserves credit", former France star Alain Giresse told AFP.

Croatia made the better start in Moscow and spent a large majority of the opening 15 minutes inside French territory without causing them any problems. Up front, striker Olivier Giroud uses his height and strength to harass defenders and win high balls.

The style of play brings criticism, especially from those outside France who look on enviously at the wealth of attacking talent at his disposal, led by Antoine Griezmann and Kylian Mbappe. While his co-pundit Lee Dixon credited the referee with going through the correct process, they were collectively astounded with the result. On Sunday, with a victory against Croatia, the French team wants to hold the party that was postponed two years ago.

The sheer grit of Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic and even Dejan Lovren. managed to dig in against England. To ensure their seat, local football enthusiasts, right from Saturday, were found making early bookings at these outlets, many of which sported "booked out" signs for game day, by afternoon itself.

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