Herve Renard: Even a draw would be disappointing

Herve Renard: Even a draw would be disappointing
Herve Renard

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Jun 16, 2018. 15:00

Morocco head coach Herve Renard says even a draw would have been a disappointing result for his men after losing 1-0 to Iran.

The Atlas Lions suffered a disappointing 1-0 defeat at the hands of Iran on Friday in their opening 2018 FIFA World Cup match.

In a post-match conference held in St. Petersburg, Renard expressed his disappointment, saying that he would have come to the conference disappointed even if the game finished with a draw.

“I can imagine what the defeat means as Morocco missed lots of opportunities. I think it is the worst thing that could have happened in an additional time,” said the coach.

“We were missing a lot of technical justice.”

Moreover, midfielder Amine Harit accompanied Renard in the press conference and echoed his manager’s sentiments.

“I would have preferred not to be called the man of the match and win the match. I think it would have been the same for any other player,” he said.

“I think we had lots of opportunities, but we were not efficient and I am the first in line and I think we should have done better.

“Now we have to forget the defeat of today to focus on the other games.”

Morocco will play its second game against Portugal on June 20 in Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium and their final Group B match will be against Spain on June 25 in Kaliningrad Stadium.

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