Morocco manager Walid Regragui believes that Achraf Hakimi can stop his ‘friend’ Kylian Mbappe, but insists France are more than a one-man team.
The PSG teammates face each other in tonight’s World Cup semi-final, as Morocco look to claim yet another scalp on their dazzling run which has seen them already knock out Spain and Portugal.
Regragui admitted that his star full back has inside knowledge on Les Bleus’ talisman but refused to centre his entire approach around the forward: ‘He knows Mbappe better than me. He trains with him on a daily basis so I’m sure he is better placed than I am to know Kylian. So no, I’m not going to try and set up any tactical plan to counter Kylian Mbappe.’
‘Unfortunately for us, France also have other good players. Griezmann, for example, is at the top of his game between the lines. Ousmane Dembele is also a perfect complement to Mbappe on the other wing.’
The Morocco boss added: ‘Hakimi is one of the best players in the world in his position, so it’s going to be a great duel between the two. They are both champions, world class players and they are both going to be going hell for leather. I have no doubt that he will be on top form to get the better of his friend.’