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Jose Mourinho on why France have World Cup final advantage over Croatia

Mbappe has been the star of France’s side so far(Picture: Getty) Jose Mourinho believes France have the advantage over Croatia as both sides head into World Cup final on Sunday due to having played less football. Croatia have required extra time in all three of their World Cup knockout matches, including their 2-1 semi-final victory over England. Along with the fewer minutes, France have also had an extra day of rest due to their semifinal being played a day earlier on Tuesday. More: FootballJose Mourinho on why France have World Cup final advantage over CroatiaDonald Trump and Melania arrive at Theresa May's banquet amid protestsWhat did Stuart do to Tina as a horrific memory comes back in EastEnders? ‘I think in this moment, France are having a nice drink in their rooms or in the bar, not celebrating the victory but celebrating extra time,’ Mourinho said. ‘And celebrating 24 hours more than them to rest – which I think is very, very unfair. ‘I know the broadcasters put the millions on the table but I think for a World Cup final, I think both teams should play the semi-final on the same day. ‘Bring this England game one or two hours early, bring the France game two hours later, it happened during the competition, even three matches during one day. ‘So why not two matches in one day and give both teams and all the players the same possibilities Girl, 17, stabbed to death in London as capital’s death toll risesexclusiveLove Island or Lie Island? A body language expert reveals what's real and fakeKim Jong-un sends gushing but pointless letter to Donald Trump ‘France is not celebrating a World Cup victory but they are celebrating 24 hours more to rest, which in this moemnt after six matches, is very, very important. ‘And they can also celebrate three 30 minutes extra, which for them is three extra times, which is 90 minutes – 90 minutes is one more match.’ Didier Deschamps’ side meet Croatia in the final on Sunday at 4pm BST in Moscow. It will be their third final in 20 years. ...


Published By: Metro - Thursday, 12 July

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