Morocco manager Walid Regragui has admitted he is proud of the Moroccan team after Wednesday’s World Cup semi-final defeat to France.
Regragui masterminded knockout wins over Spain and Portugal, but the attacking firepower of France proved too much to overcome.
“The most important thing is to have shown a good face, to have shown that football in Morocco exists and that we have great supporters,” the coach told TF1.
“We gave it our best. … [The loss] doesn’t take away everything we gave before.”
Meanwhile, Roy Keane believes Chelsea winger Hakim Ziyech looks like ‘a different player’ for Morocco at the World Cup.
“Morocco have been tenacious, strong, and aggressive this tournament, sitting deep but doing well when they have the ball. They have been brilliant, and I didn’t see it coming,” Keane told Sky Bet.
“Hakim Ziyech seems like a different player – it’s a different environment, sometimes players struggle at club level, but the World Cup and international football can suit other personalities better.
“Ziyech looks like a big personality for Morocco, and you don’t see that at club level for Chelsea.”