Since the draw for the 2022 World Cup, which placed Morocco in a difficult group F, along with Croatia, Belgium and Canada, the coaches of this pool have given their impressions of the draw and on the difficulty of the task awaiting them in Qatar. Among the first to react, Vahid Halilhodzic, who admitted that the draw was not lenient and that Morocco finds itself with opponents of high caliber. However, the Franco-Bosnian technician remained optimistic, believing that the national team was capable of creating a surprise.
At the end of the draw ceremony for the 2022 World Cup, the selectors of group F where the national team is housed were unanimous in describing the difficulty of this draw which pits Morocco, Croatia, Belgium and Canada against each other. . A group where everything is possible, despite the presence of Belgium and Croatia.
Vahid Halilhodzic, Morocco coach: “We will try to create the feat”
“It’s a very difficult draw, with the vice-world champions (Croatia, editor’s note), Belgium, third in the last World Cup, and the best team in North America (Canada). It is extremely difficult. But hey, anyway, there is no small team at the CDM, the surprise is possible. You have to prepare for that, against big teams with exceptional players. Even if they play badly, they can make a difference with their individualities. We will try to do the feat, we have nothing to lose.
Zalko Dalic, Croatia coach: “Morocco among the best teams in Africa”
“It’s not an easy group for us. We know our objective, to get out of the group and fight with Belgium. But we have to be careful in Canada and Morocco. They are very strong. Morocco is a selection full of young talents who are making great strides. Morocco are among the best teams in Africa, led by Vahid Halilhodzic, whom we know very well.
Roberto Martinez, Belgium coach: “Morocco has many players with a link to Belgium”
Belgian coach Roberto Martinez expects a special match against Morocco, given the ties that unite the two countries. “It’s a tough draw, for a variety of reasons, but these are fantastic matches to be expected, because of the links that exist between the different countries. Morocco has many players with a connection to Belgium. I look forward to the start of the preparation. The good news is that we are playing our first game a bit later, which means our preparation is longer and we may be able to play a game in front of our fans before leaving.
John Herdman, Canada coach: ‘There is no such thing as an invincible opponent’
On the side of Canada, which plays its first World Cup for 36 years, the determination is strong, like the words of the Canadian coach, John Herdman. “We wanted these kinds of matches. When you go to the World Cup, there are no easy matches and I think in a match there is no invincible opponent. This is the reality in a tournament, “assured the Canadian technician.