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FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco ready to ‘aim for the sky’ after fairytale run in Qatar

Updated on: 03 December,2022 09:32 AM IST  |  Mumbai
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“So why not aim for the sky? We needed to change and we needed to change our mentality. We’re not going to stop here. So why not dream about lifting that trophy? We’re realistic, but we know what we’re worth”

FIFA World Cup 2022: Morocco ready to ‘aim for the sky’ after fairytale run in Qatar

Walid Regragui


Morocco coach Walid Regragui said the Atlas Lions are ready to “aim for the sky” after reaching the World Cup knockout rounds for the first time in 36 years on Thursday. The North Africans sealed their passage into the Last 16 with a 2-1 win over Canada which saw them finish ahead of Croatia on top of Group F. 


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Regragui said his team’s performance in the first phase was down to a determination to “change the mindset” of Morocco’s national team, who had not advanced to the knockout rounds since the 1986 finals prior to arriving in Qatar. “We set ourselves an objective—we said we wanted to give everything we’ve got and get out of the group stages. We can tick that box now,” Regragui said. 


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“So why not aim for the sky? We needed to change and we needed to change our mentality. We’re not going to stop here. So why not dream about lifting that trophy? We’re realistic, but we know what we’re worth.” 

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