Route to Russia:

Morocco impressed in their run to Russia with their defensive strength very clear to see.

They played 6, won 3, drew 3 and didn’t concede a single goal whilst going on to score eleven at the other end – with six coming in one game against Mali.

How far can they get:

They’ll do well to reach the knockouts.

Clearly, they are well drilled and will frustrate other sides but Portugal and Spain are both in their group and that is an unenviable task to try and overcome.

If they can keep things tight and nick some goals they might sneak through but it’ll be some achievement.


Cambridge United fans might remember Herve Renard – he was their boss for 25 games back in 2004.

He has, however, enjoyed more successful times since his days at the Abbey Stadium and is an experienced international coach with African sides dotted throughout his CV.

A defender as a player, it makes sense that his team reflect his playing style.

One to Watch:

Hakim Ziyech.

The winger has got plenty of tricks and pace out wide and will be a nuisance having been linked with the Premier League in the past.

This is one of the strongest Moroccan sides for a while, though, and the likes of Amine Harit will also demand respect.

Meanwhile, Romain Saiss and Mehdi Benatia are the most established names in the squad and are on a high after successful years with Wolves and Juventus respectively.

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