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William Gallas Exclusive: France To Go All The Way

Former France international William Gallas has backed Les Bleus to reach the World Cup final and successfully defend their crown. Didier Deschamps’ men must first navigate a tricky semi-final against history-makers Morocco, who have become the first African side to reach the last four - beating Belgium, Spain and Portugal along the way. However, Gallas is confident that France will not suffer the same fate, particularly because of key injuries to members of Morocco’s rearguard.


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France To Make Final

Speaking exclusively to Genting, he said: “As a fan, I have to say France will go to the final. 

“Don’t forget, Morocco deserve a lot of credit for what they have achieved so far, but they have lost their two starting centre backs for this game [Romain Saiss and Nayef Aguerd] to injury. 

“When you play against France in a semi-final, you need your best players available. 

“Two players will partner each other for the first time, they will not have had time to understand each other, so that is not ideal for a match of this size.

“Everything will come down to the small details, so for me, France can take advantage of that and that is why France will go to the final.”

France v Morocco Preview – FIFA World Cup Semi-Final

France v Morocco Preview – FIFA World Cup Semi-Final

World Cup Winners

Should France make it past Morocco, Gallas feels Les Bleus’ quality and experience - as well as the opportunity to win a second successive World Cup - makes them favourites, as long as they can shore up at the back.

“After what France showed against England, that was not the best performance in my opinion,” he said. 

“France had too many problems against England, but they qualified. For me, if they get to the final, with the players we have, I think we will win it.  

“There are a few things that we need to improve upon otherwise we will be in trouble again. 

“I thought against England, Dayot Upamecano made too many mistakes. If we can correct these little details, we will be very, very strong. 

“If you want to win anything at the very top level, you need your centre-backs to be performing at the highest level, they can’t give away any opportunities to the opponent.  

“Of course, [having players in the squad that have won the World Cup before] will help. 

“When you have players that are hungry, that want to break all the records, like [Kylian] Mbappe. His motivation will be through the roof. 

“Don’t forget that for players like [Hugo] Lloris, [Antoine] Griezmann and [Olivier] Giroud, this will be their last World Cup. 

“If this team wins the World Cup, there will be a small group of them that have won the World Cup twice. That is really significant because legends like [Zinedine] Zidane, [Lilian] Thuram, [Thierry] Henry, [Patrick] Vieira - they couldn’t achieve that. 

“That is massive for those French players who will want to create their own history. That will be a big motivation.”



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