France defeats Croatia 4-2 to capture title

World Cup 2018 Final: Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match

France not expecting tired Croatia in World Cup final

As for Croatia, this will be their first ever World Cup final and will be looking to upset an assured Les Bleus side.

"Croatia has players with great club experience and their squad has been together for a long time but every team we've faced here has been more experienced". But with more kilometres recorded at this World Cup than any other player, it's easier said than done - even for a defensive heavyweight like Kante.

Antoine Griezmann passes the ball to a teammate and a shot by Paul Pogba is blocked.

He was widely criticised thereafter, with former players, pundits and fans claiming that he had indeed made a mistake.

Reflecting on the semi-final win over England, Croatia manager Zlatko Dalic told the press: "This is fantastic".

Deschamps will continue with his lopsided 4-3-3 formation that will see Hugo Lloris start in goal with the Real-Barca pair of Raphael Varane and Samuel Umtiti in central defence. Croatia has the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.

World Cup 2018 Final: Pogba speaks on France vs Croatia match

But here's the thing about France, for all their vast talent, they play to their opponent's level. But while they've been able to get by thus far by doing just enough, that might not work against a Croatian team who are experts at surpassing everyone else's expectations. Paul Pogba and Kylian Mbappe are the players I am rooting for.

He may not take home the Golden Boot, but no offensive player has turned more heads than Mbappe at this tournament. Croatia kept possession, but nothing developed from their play afterward. We must stay calm, we must have confidence and we must concentrate - these are the three words we've have been focusing on to get them ready for the final.

"We have a such a good relationship that they will concede and say that I am not fit, I'm going to miss the final". Croatia have therefore played 90 minutes extra than France in this knockout stage, and also have one day lest rest here. Oddsmakers have thusly put the Croats as 2/1 dogs and the brainiacs over at FiveThirtyEight give them a 41 percent chance at taking home the cup. France will meet Croatia at the Luzhniki Stadium on Sunday, when history will await the victors in the Russian capital.

"The French like to chant a lot, there's lots of chanting, they bring drums, and they have their local sayings".

Griezmann scored from the penalty in the 38th minute after a video review. Croatia's roster is replete with such mad men.

The two LaLiga stars are not afraid to roll up their sleeves themselves and have already racked up over 20km more than their final opponents, with three of their games so far having gone to extra-time. Les Blues switched on the style once they got through the first round, while Croatia gave digging deep into your resources another meaning against Denmark and kept the fire in the belly burning against Russian Federation and England.

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