With the World Cup in Qatar fast approaching, Moroccan players are training tirelessly. Members of group F which includes Belgium, Canada and Croatia, finalists of the last World Cup, the Atlas Lions seem confident of their chance to go further than the knockout stages.
“Our ambition is that we have nothing to lose, we must not be afraid and try our luck. In football, you never know what can happen”, explains Sofiane Boufal who plays for Angers in France.
The Moroccan team can count on players like Hakim Ziyech, Chelsea midfielder and Bayern Munich defender Noussair Mazraoui.
“We have an incredible team, with a lot of quality, a lot of players who play in big leagues in Europe and in big teams. I think we can be the outsiders, they don’t wait for us, but I think we can accomplish something special”, explains Noussair Mazraoui.
For this World Cup, Morocco has a new coach, Walid Regragui, appointed just a few months ago. He will try to lead the Atlas Lions as far as possible and make people forget their previous unsuccessful attempts.
“We still have to work and correct some mistakes that we make. Also, we haven’t been with this new coach for very long and we have to be clear about what he expects from us. How he wants us to play, how to defend There are still a few things to work out,” explains player Munir El Haddadi.
Morocco, taking part in their sixth World Cup after making their first appearance in 1970, became the first African team to reach the knockout stages in 1986.