• NT: Coach Hervé Renard Confident for World Cup after Morocco-Ukraine Game

    By Morocco World News -

    Rabat – Hervé Renard is not worried about the Atlas Lions. The national team will face their three opponents in the group stage of the 2018 World Cup with great motivation while being aware of their qualities, said national coach Hervé Renard Thursday night.

    At a press briefing after the friendly game between Morocco and Ukraine at the Geneva stadium that ended in a scoreless draw, the French coach assured that “the national team will continue to prepare with a crescendo to be ready on June 15.”

    Referring to the performance of the Moroccan team, Renard explained that most of them arrived after the end of their international championships for a first warm-up match against a good Ukrainian team.

    “The important thing is to keep our way of working. It’s about making defensive adjustments,” he said, while noting that some players are “less ready than others,” which he calls it “normal at this stage.”

    Placed in Group B, the Atlas Lions will play their first game on June 15 in St. Petersburg against Iran. They will play their second group match against the Portuguese five days later on June 20 at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow. The Lions will close their first-round experience on June 25 with a game against Spain in Kaliningrad.

    Hervé Renard said on Wednesday that he wants to makesome adjustments before the double friendly confrontation against Slovakia June 4, and against Estonia June 9.

    When asked about the Ramadan fast and its impact on the players’ performance, Renard said that he “will let people who know better than him to take care of this sensitive subject.”

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