Morocco coach Walid Rekragui said his goal was to avoid losing to Croatia in their Group F match at the FIFA World Cup on Wednesday.
Morocco imposed a goalless draw on the world champion’s runner-up before facing Belgium next Sunday, then Canada at the end of the group on the first of December.
Rekragui told a press conference on Wednesday, “Our goal was to live in the last two matches. Defeat in the first match ends your hopes of competition. We faced the world champion’s runner-up, and Croatia has a strong team and many prominent players, led by Luka Modric.”
Regragui took charge of Morocco’s training in September after the departure of coach Vahid Khalilo.ic in August.
He continued, “We did our best. The goal was not to lose. I’ve only been here for two months and I’m proud of the players. We wanted to achieve another result, but in the end, a tie is a satisfactory result.”
“We will wait for the Belgium match and then look for qualification to the round of sixteen against Canada,” he added.
The 47-year-old coach stated that he agreed with the National Federation on a medium-term and long-term plan in order to win the African Cup of Nations.
The coach, who led Wydad to the CAF Champions League title last May, indicated that his team played like any European team.
“We played with balance like the European teams,” he said. “We wanted to pose a threat to Croatia and achieve a good result, but the main goal was not to lose. We have to improve and develop a winning mentality.”
Regragui expressed his happiness with the support of the Moroccan fans in the stadium, where they attended in large numbers.
He said, “We feel that we are in our land, and I am happy to be in Qatar, and the Moroccan and Arab fans in the stands supported us and gave us strength when we felt tired.”