Morocco boss: There are better teams at AFCON

Herve Renard is refusing to get carried away by Morocco's promising start to the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations.

Morocco were not seen as one of the favourites heading into the tournament in Gabon.

But their stock rose dramatically on Tuesday night after beating 2015 AFCON champions Ivory Coast to book their place in the quarter-finals at the Elephants' expense. The group was won by the DR Congo.

Renard, who was in charge when the Ivory Coast lifted the cup two years ago and also won it in 2012 with Zambia, has praised the spirit of his players.

"I feel very good and give congratulations to the players. They did very well tactically, they didn't do very well technically – but the pitch is very difficult.

"Today we beat the Ivory Coast on a bad pitch that proved to be a leveller.

"But at the end when you win the game 1-0 against the African champions you are very happy.

He admits that Morocco have a chance to go all the way now, but sees his Atlas Lions side as underdogs.

"I was very lucky to work with Ivory Coast and we share the same spirit. But now I have to continue and try to take Morocco far.

"We are not favourites to win the tournament, there are better teams than us. But we are still in it," said the Frenchman.

Renard added that it took some stern words at the break to secure the victory over the Ivory Coast, courtesy of Rachid Alioui's superb 63rd minute strike.

"I told the players during half time that if we continue like that we shall go out.

"It was not enough in the first half. We were scared of Ivory Coast. When you are scared of your opponent, you cannot achieve anything."

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