France head coach, Didier Deschamps has admitted that his stars are still hurting from their Euro 2016 final nightmare.
Deschamps, a World Cup winner in 1998, has the chance to join an elite club of men who have won the trophy as a player and manager.
Deschamps who guided France into the World Cup Final has insisted his players must write their own history by winning Croatia on Sunday at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow.
Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’s 51st minute header from Antoine Griezmann’s corner was the only goal of a fast flowing game which ended in heartbreak for Belgium’s stars.
“We have given ourselves a huge opportunity by reaching the final. But finals have to be won because we have still not got over the one we lost two years ago” said Deschamps.
“I was there two years ago with my staff, it was so painful that we really wanted to taste the victory tonight.
“We will work hard to be on the right side of the final this time and not let happen what happened two years ago.”
“We have a very young team. Their progression is huge. Some of them were not born in 98, but they’ve seen pictures.
“I am here with them today to write a new page in history, the most beautiful page.”
By Chinomso Nnorom