Behind the numbers for France and Croatia

Behind the numbers for France and Croatia

Either France have been the best side in the tournament and have reached the final without ever, bar the second-half performance against Argentina, having to get out of third gear, or they have sleepwalked there thanks to some pretty indifferent opposition and will be found out against a hungry Croatia side.

France are the established power with a young team full of speed and skill while Croatia have the veterans that have shown they can never be counted out.

"We have a such a good relationship that they will concede and say that I am not fit, I'm going to miss the final". Didier Deschamps and Zlatko Dalic have reposed faith with the same playing XIs that brought them to the Final.

Deschamps also insisted his side have their feet firmly on the ground ahead of the final.

"Of course we know what's happening in France, all the more so after seeing all the images after the Belgium game".

It was a point echoed by France captain Hugo Lloris who said the players had shut out the wave of celebrations at home in order to play the ideal match.

"To be honest, we are in our little bubble and we don't know what is happening in France", Lloris said on Saturday. We will face a high-quality opponent and they deserve as much credit as we do. But they are mentally very strong.

After sending Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subašić the wrong way, the France striker wheeled away holding making an "L" for loser with his hand.

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FRANCE 2, URUGUAY 0: Griezmann sets up one goal and scores another on a Uruguay goalkeeping gaffe, refusing to celebrate it because of his close club and personal ties to the South Americans.

Vatreni came from a goal down against England to defeat the Three Lions 2-1 in extra-time to seal their first ever World Cup final visit.

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.

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"They also have an incredible collective strength". Without being brilliant today, they scored four goals, which gives an idea about France's level, and their coach's one. "The plan is to win the match". I don't think there is a plan just for Modric.

"I have this feeling there will be hundreds of millions rooting for us on Sunday", said Ivan Rakitic.

"We have some minor injuries, minor problems, and I hope my players will be ready".

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