Croatia certainly felt hard done by but they had ample time to recover because, incredibly, it was still only halftime. Deschamps, who captained France when they lifted the World Cup in 1998, would become only the third man to win the trophy as both a player and a manager after Franz Beckenbauer and Mario Zagallo. Croatia, a country that only gained independence in 1991, will be playing in their first.
If there was frustration in the Croatian dressing room at the break, head coach Zlatko Dalic, 51, found the right words to channel it. "I'm not interested who is the opponent".
But this is still the World Cup final, and for France there is the possibility to join Argentina and Uruguay in winning the trophy for the second time, after 1998. France beat Belgium 1-0 in the semi-final with a Samuel Umtiti goal in the second half. "We are far from thinking on our side that we have already reached the goal".
The Croats needed penalties to get over Denmark and Russian Federation in the round of 16 and quarter-finals respectively, while they dispatched England 2-1 in extra-time in the semi-finals.
Compared to teams of old, this France side does not have any friction within the squad and Deschamps has picked a squad with a rich mix of youth and experience. Going to extra-time might be a problem along with the fact France have had an extra day to recover but there will be no excuses.
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The whistles from the crowd inside the Luzhniki Stadium weren't as ferocious as those heard at most Bundesliga games last season but they were audible nonetheless.
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But even the mightiest of warriors must suffer from the limitations of men and fatigue is sure to be a worry after three consecutive extra time games; two of which went to penalties. "Simply, this is the greatest moment in the life of all of us. We have come here to enjoy the final". There are many different ways to live stream France vs. Croatia, and yes, it's possible to stream the game for free.
Lloris said that defeat was not on their minds any longer, with many current players not part of the 2016 team.
Kylian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann support Olivier Giroud in attack in France's 4-2-3-1 formation, while Ivan Perisic and Ivan Strinic, who had been pre-match injury doubts, have been passed fit for Croatia.
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