Hugo Lloris doesn’t expect France’s 2018 World Cup final victory over Croatia to hold any significance ahead of Tuesday’s encounter.
France will meet Croatia for the first time since beating them 4-2 in the 2018 World Cup final in Moscow. It brings a new sense of anticipation as the two foes clash in the UEFA Nations League.
Both sides arrive at the Stade de France with contrasting fortunes, with France opening their Group A3 account by beating Sweden 1-0 on Saturday. Croatia, on the other hand, lost 4-1 to Portugal on the same night.
So Lloris doesn’t expect any thoughts of Russia to linger for the match in Paris as Les Bleus look to build on their promising start.
“This is not like a revenge match for us, it is a different context and a different tournament,” said the France goalkeeper and captain as quoted on MrBeanyman.
“Obviously we are always proud of our achievement against Croatia, but tomorrow it will be a totally different match.
“We expect Croatia to be still a bit hurt in their pride following their defeat against Portugal, so they will come here with great expectations, while we will try to confirm what we did in Sweden.”
Although France will have to make do without Kylian Mbappe for the clash after the forward tested positive for coronavirus.