Just two years ago, France reached the final of Euro 2016 but lost to Portugal, despite having beaten favourites Germany in the semifinal.
France will play Croatia in the final of this World Cup, and did a good job to defeat Belgium in the semis, and Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud who’s having a good World Cup has vowed that the French team are mentally focused on getting a victory in the final, and won’t let the mistake of two years ago happen again.
“It’s different. After the semi-final when we won against Germany we were a bit euphoric, whereas against Belgium it was different,” he said.
“It’s not the same feeling – we know we still have one game to win. There’s that real focus and concentration to finish the job – that’s why it’s different. We’ve come a long way to get here and we don’t want to waste this opportunity now.
“You can’t win a World Cup on just talent. Talent alone is not sufficient. You need efficiency. The mental strength is 70 per cent of the job. If you’re ready to work for your team-mates and each other with dedication and commitment then anything can happen.”