‘The worst game to play’ – Morocco boss Walid Regragui admits sadness at third-place play-off game but still wants podium finish for Africa at World Cup

Morocco coach Walid Regragui has described his side’s third-place play-off against Croatia as ‘the worst game to play.’ Morocco’s heroic surge to the latter stages of the World Cup was halted by a 2-0 defeat to France, meaning they must battle it out for bronze on Saturday. Walid Regragui can’t hide his disappointment at Morocco’s World Cup exitDespite the heartbreaking defeat, Regragui admitted the game against Croatia presents his side with the chance become the first African nation to claim third place at a World Cup “I guess it is the worst game that we have to play,” Regragui admitted in a press conference. “Obviously, we would have liked things to be different. We would like to have been in the actual final but there is a third place to play for. We want to be on the podium. “We want to be as positive as possible for our supporters. Yes, finishing third would be great for our image, we would be on the podium. “But you know what? Even if we win the game tomorrow

‘The worst game to play’ – Morocco boss Walid Regragui admits sadness at third-place play-off game but still wants podium finish for Africa at World Cup

Morocco coach Walid Regragui has described his side’s third-place play-off against Croatia as ‘the worst game to play.’

Morocco’s heroic surge to the latter stages of the World Cup was halted by a 2-0 defeat to France, meaning they must battle it out for bronze on Saturday.

Walid Regragui can’t hide his disappointment at Morocco’s World Cup exit

Despite the heartbreaking defeat, Regragui admitted the game against Croatia presents his side with the chance become the first African nation to claim third place at a World Cup

“I guess it is the worst game that we have to play,” Regragui admitted in a press conference.

“Obviously, we would have liked things to be different. We would like to have been in the actual final but there is a third place to play for. We want to be on the podium.

“We want to be as positive as possible for our supporters. Yes, finishing third would be great for our image, we would be on the podium.

“But you know what? Even if we win the game tomorrow, we won’t have got to the final and we won’t have won the World Cup.”

He continued: “Yes we are thinking about our FIFA ranking but it is quite difficult for us and also for you I guess as journalists because it is not really an important game is it, honestly speaking? We wanted to be in the final on Sunday, not tomorrow.”

Regragui is targeting third place in Saturday’s play-off against Croatia

Morocco came into the World Cup ranked 22nd in the world by FIFA and by the time the next rankings are released, Regragui can expect to see his side jump to higher heights.

Regragui did find some perspective amid the resounding disappointment of Wednesday’s exit, and compared Morocco’s previous World Cup displays with that of his side’s showing in Qatar.

“Let’s be positive about it. What I have said to my players as well, this will be the seventh World Cup game we’re playing.

“It is the 16th of December today and if you could have asked each Moroccan if we would still be playing in the World Cup in Doha on the 17th of December, I think they would have been proud and happy to even allow themselves to believe that could be a reality.

“Six games in 20 years was our previous record and now we have played six games in a row. This is priceless because from an experience point of view we have gained so much.”

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