Spain’s New Coach: Morocco Was Very Difficult to Beat
Rabat - Spain’s new head coach Luis de La Fuente was impressed by Morocco’s form at the World Cup, saying the Moroccan team was really tough to beat.
A report by beIN Sports quoted the Spanish coach on Monday as he praised Morocco’s national team performances during the World Cup in Qatar.
“We saw during the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Moroccan national team, which was very difficult to beat because it is a well-organized team,” the Spanish coach stressed.
De la Fuente emphasized that Morocco’s national team players form an “integrated group on the field, so you have to deal with all possible scenarios.”
Morocco defeated Spain in a World Cup round of 16 game on penalties on December 6.
The defeat led to the sacking of Spain’s former head coach Luis Enrique.
Following the Spain-Morocco match, Enrique praised Morocco’s performance, singling out the heroics of Moroccan goalkeeper Yassine Bounou.
“Bounou was the man of the match and he’s a top goalkeeper. He’s a great person as I know first hand. He was decisive in the shoot-out and deserved to be the man of the match,” Erique said.
La Fuentes’ admiring comments on Morocco's World Cup performances is the latest in a long, ongoing litany of applause by football fans, commentators, and legends across the world.
Morocco finished fourth in the World Cup - behind Croatia, France, and world champions Argentina.
One of the immediate repercussions of the Atlas Lions’ historic World Cup run is perceptible in the latest FIFA rankings, with Morocco now being recognized as the best African team and the 11th-best national team in the world.
Source: Morocco World News.