Rabat - Just hours before long-awaited game between Morocco and Portugal, the pressure is higher than ever for Moroccan fans who have high expectations for the Atlas Lions. Hervé Renard’s team will play against Fernando Santo’s team at 1 p.m (Moroccan time).
Rabat – Just hours before long-awaited game between Morocco and Portugal, the pressure is higher than ever for Moroccan fans who have high expectations for the Atlas Lions. Hervé Renard’s team will play against Fernando Santo’s team at 1 p.m (Moroccan time).
After being defeated by Iran with an own-goal scored by Bouhaddouz in Morocco’s first World Cup match, Friday, June 15, the national team cannot afford to make mistakes today. Coach Renard needs to show the full extent of his players’ talent to beat the giant team of Portugal.
If some of the Moroccan fans worldwide did not get the chance to go to Russia to support the Atlas Lions, they can always catch the game on beIN Sports or the Moroccan channel Arriyadia TNT, beIN SPORTS 1 (France), beIN SPORTS Max 1 (MENA region), BBC One (Kingdom United Kingdom), NPO 1 (Netherlands), Canal + Sport 1 (West Africa), Cuatro (Spain), ORF (Germany), Italia 1 (Italy), RTS Two (Switzerland), La Deux (Belgium) , TSN 1 (Canada), Sport TV 1 (Portugal), SVT 1 (Sweden), and TRT 1 (Turkey).
“The team must be psychologically ready, but above all equipped to fight and believe in themselves,” said the Atlas Lions coach during a press conference yesterday.
“Facing the European champion will allow us to evaluate our true level,” he said. “You need to be more compact and better than usual, do a lot more and a lot better.”
To qualify for the next stage of the World Cup, Morocco will have to beat Portugal, hope Spain defeats Iran, and at least draw with la Roja.
Morocco’s win against Portugal was their first win in the 1986 World Cup. The former team of the Atlas Lions defeated Portugal 3-1. Morocco’s performance during the famous clash stunned several international footballers, FIFA, and coaches, including the current head coach of Portugal, Fernando Santos.