Morocco boss, Walid Regragui is on the cusp of greatness as he continues to break records. But make no mistake it will take a huge effort and a large amount of good fortune to get a result against the World Champions France tonight. In fact Regragui has gone on record to say that some may think that his views on the final may be crazy, but that craziness is good!
The 47-year-old only took charge of the Atlas Lions in August and has defied the odds by coaching his side to the World Cup semi-finals. Regragui has guided Morocco to become the first African nation to reach the World Cup semi-finals and will want to make history by reaching the final.
Morocco became the first African nation to reach the last four of the FIFA World Cup where they have beaten giants of the game, Portugal, Belgium and Spain. Regragui has earned praise over Morocco’s defensive organisation, having conceded just once in Qatar, which was an own goal in their 2-1 win over Canada. He could have Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta to thank for Morocco’s blueprint after he attended the Spaniard’s tactical masterclass Zoom call in 2021.
In a picture that emerged, Regragui, who was the boss of Moroccan side Wydad AC at the time, could be seen as one of those listening intently in the call. Fast forward to the present, and Regragui is on the cusp of reaching the World Cup final, in what is probably the biggest fairy tale story run in the tournament’s entire history.
Walid Regragui has insisted he believes his side can pull off another upset victory.
“We have beaten some top sides,” Regragui told the media in attendance.
“Before every match people thought we would get knocked out, but we are still here. We are getting closer to our dreams, and we will fight to get there. We are one of the four best teams in the world now and we want to reach the final. The best team, Brazil, is already knocked out. We are hungry and I don’t know if it will be enough, but we want Africa to be on top of the world. I know we are not favourites, but we are confident. You might think that’s crazy, but a bit of craziness is good.”