• ‘We Don’t Always Select The Best Players’: Coach Hervé Renard

    Morocco World News

    Rabat – After revealing his list of 23 players, Hervé Renard has explained his choices in an interview with Medi 1 TV, expressing once again his joy in leading the Atlas Lions to the 2018 World Cup.

    Renard is well aware of the high responsibility that he will face in the World Cup. After releasing his picks for the players who will compete this summer, the French coach has explained that he doesn’t always select the best players, but he always serves the interests of the whole group.

    “We do not always pick the top 23. We select a group of 16 or 17 players and then people who are able to not get bored for a month, a month and a half. That is to say that states of mind are not mandatory and that the collective interest is primary,” he said.

    The national team coach is responding to criticism that leaving Boufal and Azaro off the list is unfair.

    For Renard, Morocco’s participation in the long-awaited event is like a dream come true.

    “I feel like I’m going to live something I’ve been dreaming of since I was a kid. Participating in the World Cup is a pride,” he said, while assuring that he has confidence in his group of players.

    “Morocco is certainly expecting great things from its national team. I think we are on the right track. This is what makes you want to go to the World Cup not to disappoint people, not to make sad a country like Morocco who expects great things from his national team or at least a very good image. I think we are on the right track.”

    However, Renard believes that the World Cup is an Africa Cup of Nations multiplied by 10.

    “Since I participated in 6 African Cups, I have a little experience. Now there are parameters that I will have to master a little more for this World Cup. I’m going to meet people to take advice, to win and to make sure that we improve on some small details that will make the difference,” he concluded.

    When the tournament begins on June 14, the Atlas Lions will first take on Iran on June 15. The team will face Portugal in their second game on June 20, and the final in the first-round match for Morocco will be against Spain on June 25.

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