Morocco coach Walid Regragui known as his facet the “Rocky” of the World Cup after they landed a knockout blow in opposition to Portugal to achieve the semi-finals.
Youssef En-Nesyri’s header noticed off Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates as Morocco claimed one other scalp, turning into the primary African facet to achieve the semi-finals of the match, and Regragui is relishing his facet’s underdog standing.
“We have gotten the workforce that everyone loves at this World Cup,” he stated. “For those who present that keenness, want, perception, you possibly can succeed. We’ve crushed Spain, Portugal, Belgium with out conceding; that’s not a miracle, that’s working exhausting.
“If you watch Rocky, you need to assist Rocky due to his coronary heart and dedication, and I feel we’re the Rocky of this World Cup.
“If you end up a small workforce it’s good to dream, to consider. I feel it’s a huge, huge message for the world. I feel now the world is with Morocco.”
Requested about offering inspiration far past Morocco, Regragui added: “What’s essential for future generations, is we’ve proven it’s doable for an African workforce to get the semi-final of the World Cup.
“Why shouldn’t we dream of profitable it? For those who don’t dream, you don’t get anyplace. We haven’t achieved something but (however) we’re within the semi-finals. Everybody shall be afraid to play us. That’s the message I’m attempting to ship.”