MOSCOW – French forward Kylian Mbappe said Wednesday that Spain will compete at the 2018 World Cup with the same ambition despite the dismissal of La Roja’s head coach, Julen Lopetegui.
Mbappe stressed that Spain has the same competitive players with the same ambition to win under new coach Fernando Hierro.
The Paris Saint-Germain star stressed that Spain is still one of the three favorites to win the World Cup, along with Brazil and defending champion Germany.
As for his French national team, Mbappe said that it is “one step below” the trio of favorites, but he insisted that there are other teams that can make a surprise run in the World Cup.
Spain is to compete in Group B along with Portugal, Morocco and Iran, while France is in Group C with Australia, Peru and Denmark and will kick off its World Cup run against the Australians on June 16.