Morocco’s Herve Renard admits poor outing against Serbia

Morocco’s Herve Renard admits poor outing against Serbia

Morocco coach Herve Renard appears unsatisfied with his side’s performance against Serbia in a World Cup preparatory friendly match despite winning 2-1.

The Atlas Lions are putting house in order ahead of the 2018 Fifa World Cup where they will face top oppositions such as Portugal and Spain.

Goals from Hakim Ziyech and Khalid Boutaib helped the North Africans dominate the Оrlovi who got consolation from Dusan Tadic.

“Technically, we didn’t operate to the full and that could be dangerous if meet a tougher team,” Renard said on Saturday.

“We were losing too many balls, and in places where you must not do that. We have to talk more about that later because if you keep losing balls like that you expose your team.

“Also, our defence did not function properly especially during free kicks. That is really bad for a team going to the World Cup.

“However, we were able to show some skills in the attack and we maintained the pressure for a long time. That is just one more encouraging sign. We need to still work very hard before leaving for Russia,” he said.

Morocco will play another friendly on Tuesday, this time against Uzbekistan who held Senegal to a 1-1 draw on Friday.

The fourth member of Group B is Iran, whom the Atlas Lions are ‘not’ underestimating, according to Renard, in reference to local reports which suggest Morocco are preparing more for the Portuguese and Spaniards.

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