Monday, January 30, 2023

Mikel Arteta hails Morocco boss Walid Regragui as Gunners’ boss role in Morocco success emerge

Mikel Arteta hails Morocco boss Walid Regragui as Gunners’ boss role in Morroco success emerge

Mikel Arteta praised the ‘excellent’ work of Walid Regragui, the manager of Morocco, who attended an Arsenal session on tactics.

The 47-year-old manager, who took over the Atlas Lions in August, has beaten the odds by guiding his team to the World Cup semifinals.

Morocco is the first African nation to advance to the semifinals of a worldwide event, having defeated Belgium, Spain, and Portugal.

If they want to advance to Sunday’s final against Argentina, they must defeat the defending champions France on Wednesday night.

Regragui has been lauded for Morocco’s defensive tenacity, having allowed just one goal in Qatar, an own goal in a 2-1 victory over Canada.

After a picture of him attending Arteta’s 2021 tactical masterclass Zoom call surfaced on social media, he may have Arteta to thank for Morocco’s playbook.

Arteta was describing his coaching philosophy and tactical expertise, using Arsenal’s 2-0 FA Cup semi-final victory against Manchester City in 2020 as an illustration.

And Regragui, who was the manager of Moroccan club Wydad AC at the time, could be observed attentively listening to the call.

He was even seen taking notes in the photo that Twitter user Eurofoot posted.

A year later, Regragui is on the verge of reaching the World Cup final in what is undoubtedly the greatest fairy tale run in the history of the sport.

Tuesday, following Arsenal’s 2-1 friendly victory over AC Milan, Arteta praised Regragui in his post-match press conference.

He said: “The impact he’s having, he’s a total credit to them.

“What he is doing is amazing, and what he is transmitting is great.

“And it’s a really positive thing for world football to have an African team at the stage. They’re one of four very select teams in this World Cup.”

Regragui has declared that he is “sure” that his team can pull off another upset victory against France.

He said: “We have beaten some top sides. Before every match people thought we would get knocked out but we are still here. We are getting closer to our dreams and we will fight to get there.

“We are one of the four best teams in the world now and we want to reach the final. The best team, Brazil, is already knocked out. We are hungry.

“I don’t know if it will be enough but we want Africa to be on top of the world. I know we are not favourites but we are confident.

“You might think that’s crazy, but a bit of craziness is good.”

Mikel Arteta hails Morocco boss Walid Regragui as Gunners’ boss role in Morroco success emerge

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