“We didn’t come here just to compete,” Modric said. “Based on our Russian experience, we have the ambition to do the same or even better. But even before this tournament, we said, let’s make it through the group stage first.”
There were serious concerns that Regragui’s lack of international experience and time to prepare the Morocco squad could lead to another premature exit. Morocco only got past the group stage once at a World Cup, in 1986. But Regragui’s side were well trained, although Chelsea’s Hakim Ziyech didn’t play as well as they did. provided on the right wing.
Morocco and Regragui have another huge test in their next match against No. 2-seeded Belgium in a tough Group F. Croatia are expecting a win against Canada.