The defending winners of the FIFA World Cup, France, advanced to the championship game on Thursday, and midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni believes his teammate Kylian Mbappe is the best player in the world. Morocco’s unbeaten streak was halted by France with a 2-0 victory in the semifinal. Early in the first half, Theo Hernandez gave France a 1-0 lead before Randal Kolo Muani, who had come off the bench, scored to bring France into the final for the second time in as many tournaments. On Sunday, they will compete against Argentina at the summit.
After the game, France’s Antoine Griezmann praised Argentina and Lionel Messi, referring to him as the finest player in the world and calling him his former colleague from Barcelona. “Argentina are a great team and they have the best player in the world,” Griezmann said during a post-match interview. Tchouameni was later asked to share his views on the comments made by Griezmann. He replied: “For me, it’s Kylian.. for me, for me it’s Mbappe and I want him to prove that in the next game.”
“It’s difficult to score, but we’re all going to work together to achieve it. We’re going to make a plan, recover well and work to win this game because Messi will be there, but he also has ten other players by his side, “Tchouameni was quoted as saying by TYC Sports. Mbappe and Messi, who are teammates at Paris Saint-Germain, are tied for first place in the scoring standings with five goals each.
In the championship game, France will try to maintain its crown for the first time in 60 years. Only one of the other five managers—Didier Deschamps—has led a team to two World Cup finals, but he is the sixth overall. Italy won the World Cup under the great Vittorio Pozzo’s coaching in 1934 and 1938.