Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho revealed why France has the advantage over Croatia as both sides head into 2018 FIFA World Cup final on Sunday at Luzhnik Stadium.
Croatia need extra time in all their three knockout games in Russia, including their 2-1 semi-final victory over England after Kerrien Tripper have put Three Lions early in the encounter but goals from Ivan Perisic and Mario Mandzukic gave the Blazer their first ever World Cup final.
However, France have
played fewer minutes in the competition and also had an extra day of rest due to their semifinal being played a day earlier on Tuesday.
Mourinho said via Metro "I think in this moment, France are having a nice drink in their rooms or in the bar, not celebrating the victory but celebrating extra time.
"And celebrating 24 hours more than them to rest – which I think is very, very unfair.
"I know the broadcasters put the millions on the table but I think for a World Cup final, I think both teams should play the semi-final on the same day.
"Bring this England game one or two hours early, bring the France game two hours later, it happened during the competition, even three matches during one day.
"So why not two matches in one day and give both teams and all the players the same possibilities.
"France is not celebrating a World Cup victory but they are celebrating 24 hours more to rest, which in this moment after six matches, is very, very important.
"And they can also celebrate three 30 minutes extra, which for them is three extra times, which is 90 minutes – 90 minutes is one more match.’
Les Blues clash with the Blazers in the final on Sunday afternoon in Moscow. It will be the repeat of 1988 World Cup semi-final encounter as France defeated Croatia 2-1.