France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris gave his coach huge credit by calling their final berth as the Didier Deschamps “miracle" during the pre-final press conference in Moscow on Saturday. The 1998 Champions will play first time finalists Croatia in the World Cup final at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday.
"The team's strategy is the coach's responsibility. We should do him justice as he did everything right and created a miracle. He changed our playing style and we've found better decisions. Of course, the players' talent and skills matter too. Everything was great in terms of concentration. I hope we'll have a new chance to show [a great] result tomorrow," Lloris told the media.
The Tottenham goalkeeper also praised Croatia ahead of the game."We understand that our opponents will play great tomorrow. This team deserves to reach the final, just like us. They have skills, talent and physical abilities. They're a wonderful team," Lloris said.
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.
Hugo Lloris is out for that Golden Glove ✋ pic.twitter.com/2XRw8E2h9L— B/R Football (@brfootball) July 10, 2018
The champion spoke to reporters about the difference in feelings between two occasions. “When you're a player you’re in the field making the difference. When you are a coach, you live through the players. The match belongs to the players. My success is linked to theirs. When you're a coach, it's more about the mental realm. Mental fatigue is more exhausting than the physical one. "
He spoke about their preparation for this occasion which mainly started after a shock defeat against Portugal in the Euro 2016 final. “It is already a great pleasure and a huge privilege to play such a match. There is nothing more beautiful and stronger when you are a professional player than playing a World Cup final. We made sure to prepare for it in the best way possible. The three most important words here are serenity, trust and concentration. It takes a good mix of the three to prepare for the best match tomorrow.”
Kanté, Lloris, Varane, Giroud: France’s quiet driving force in World Cup https://t.co/4RNyDsHXgW— The Guardian (@guardian) July 14, 2018
“Today's group is different from two years ago. I incorporated 14 new players. They discovered what massive competition there was for sports. Even if they have less experience, the quality is there. Croatian players have club experience and already mature players. At each of our matches, we faced this situation with opponents who had more experience and lived.
It seems logical to me because my group is young. Only nine players know what happened, unfortunately. It must serve us in relation to what awaits us tomorrow. There will be things to do differently. One is always an event apart,” he added when talking on what has changed after that final defeat in their home soil two years ago.