France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime

France lead 2-1 against Croatia at halftime

Meanwhile, Croatia will be hoping they can continue pulling off upsets at the global showpiece and secure what would be a historic maiden World Cup title for their country.

After 63 games, it is finally here - the 2018 FIFA World Cup final. "That's the aim and that's the mentality we've been using while preparing for this game".

He was in charge of the Croatia vs Denmark tie as well as the Uruguay vs France quarter-final.

Croatia, playing in their first ever major global final, were beaten in the 1998 semifinals by France.

Most consider France to be the favourites for the match at the Luzhniki Stadium, just like two years ago when they faced Portugal in the European Championship final on home soil.

Deschamps also insisted his side have their feet firmly on the ground ahead of the final.

"There is no euphoria here, we are all satisfied because we have reached this point, and this is the biggest game of the year", he said.

"No, I don't think it'll happen again", he told a news conference at Luzhniki Stadium. "We are far from thinking on our side that we have already reached the goal". We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do.

Croatia have also played 90 minutes more then the French in their six matches in Russian Federation.

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Croatia needed extra-time and penalties to beat both Denmark and Russian Federation, while Mario Mandzukic's extra-time victor gave them victory over England in the semi-final.

Croatia has done the same this year, needing penalty kicks to beat Denmark and hosts Russian Federation before defeating England in extra time in the semifinals. Hugo Lloris could cost his team a goal after a defensive blunder.

But here's the thing about France, for all their huge talent, they play to their opponent's level. The two biggest are the "nobody believes in us" which is followed in quick succession by the fact that they're battle-hardened winners. We need to perform at a high level and deliver a ideal match to win.

Croatia is my favourite team but, I don't have a favourite player.

"I feel good, we are confident".

"We have this inner strength from the beginning of the tournament with which we can overcome any challenge".

Kante, on the other hand, has been a colossal presence in midfield for France, intercepting and blocking just about everything that has threatened to cross his path. Kante has had the most number of recoveries at the World Cup thus far (48), highlighting just how important he has been for France.

Lovren has played with a chip on his shoulder throughout the tournament, keen to exorcise the demons of a disappointing showing in the Champions League final, where his side lost to Real Madrid.

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