MOSCOW, July 15 (Sputnik) - Former Russian Football Union President Vyacheslav Koloskov told Sputnik on Sunday that France might have an advantage over Croatia in the World Cup final due to having played less football and an extra day of rest.
"Theoretically, France have more chances to win. In general, both teams are equal in terms of class and qualification and have similar number of 'star' players. But France did not play three matches with extra time in a row unlike Croatia, so they will press their opponents straight away and Croatians will get tired faster," Koloskov said over the phone.
He also expressed his regret over the 2018 World Cup coming to an end.
"It's said but this is life. Celebrations do not last, they come and go. The sporting celebration [this year] was spectacular and made us all enjoy life, football and ourselves," Koloskov said.
France, who are looking to lift their second World Cup trophy, will face Croatia in the final at Moscow's 78,000-seater Luzhniki Stadium later on Sunday at 18:00 local time (15:00 GMT).