Manchester United Defender, Raphael Varane Crys Out Ahead Of France Morocco Clash

Raphael Varane accepts it is up to him, and the rest of France’s more experienced players, to ensure there is no complacency when the World Cup holders meet Morocco in Wednesday’s semi-final.

The Manchester United defender was excellent in the 2-1 victory over England at the weekend and the reward for Didier Deschamps’s side is a last-four tie against the first African nation ever to reach this stage of the competition.

Les Bleus are the overwhelming favourites to go a step closer to retaining the title they won four years ago in Russia but the centre-back values Morocco’s qualities and knows there is much work to be done before plans can be made for Sunday night.

England was a big test and we had to fight to win. We now have enough experience in the team not to fall into any trap. If Morocco are there, it is not by chance. It is up to us, the experienced players, to prepare the others for battle. Don’t take the easy way out.

“A place in the final is earned. We focus on the objectives but we are aware of achieving something big. Having a great team isn’t everything as we have seen great teams fall in this tournament. We stay focused on what is in front of us.

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It would be foolish to underestimate a Morocco side that, despite possibly being depleted come Wednesday, have already upset Spain and Portugal en route to the semi-finals.

“They write the history of Moroccan football,” admitted Varane. “Their successive performances give them a lot of confidence. It’s a united and close-knit team.

France is expected to face Morocco on Wednesday at 20:00 WAT, and the winner of the tie will go ahead to meet the winner between Argentina and Croatia which will be taking place tonight, in the Final.

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