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BBC Host Roasts Micah Richards In Discussion Of Amrabat Brilliance

BBC Host Roasts Micah Richards In Discussion Of Amrabat Brilliance
By Eoin Harrington Updated
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Ahead of Saturday's World Cup third place play-off between Croatia and Morocco, BBC pundits Jurgen Klinsmann, Alan Shearer, and Micah Richards were tasked with picking their respective teams of the tournament.

There were some unusual picks among the panel, but one man who made it into each team was Moroccan midfield maestro Sofyan Amrabat.

Amrabat's heroics have played a crucial role in Morocco reaching the semi-finals of this tournament, and he is a shoe-in for the official team of the tournament selection given the African side's sensational run to the last four.

The BBC panel analysed what had made Amrabat so influential in this tournament and, when looking at his brilliant tackle on Kylian Mbappé in the semi-finals, host Mark Chapman couldn't resist a dig at Micah Richards.

Micah Richards on the end of Mark Chapman dig ahead of 3rd place play off

Morocco were impressive despite defeat in the semi-finals against France, with the surprise semi-finalists giving the world champions a run for their money.

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They would ultimately run out 2-0 losers, but their midfield lynchpin Sofyan Amrabat once again showed why he has earned so many plaudits in Qatar, with his last-ditch tackle on Mbappé.

Before the Moroccan side took on Croatia in the bronze medal match on Saturday afternoon, the BBC team paid tribute to Amrabat's brilliance, with particular emphasis on his tackle on the Frenchman.

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Amrabat currently plies his trade for Fiorentina, another former club of Micah Richards'. When Richards praised Amrabat, host Mark Chapman bit back with a low blow on the ex-Manchester City right back.

Richards: Who does he play for? We've got something in common! I knew about him way before the tournament!

Chapman: The other thing you've got in common is him trailing ten yards behind the winger, when you were at Fiorentina - but you never managed to do that!

Chapman and Richards work together on BBC Radio 5 Live's 'Monday Club', and have a long history of throwing playful jabs at each other. Richards will certainly not have been thanking Chapman for his comments.

When the rest of the panel made their team of the tournament selections, there were some surprising selections, mainly in Jurgen Klinsmann's team.

The 1990 World Cup winner chose Neymar as his false nine, despite the Brazilian having only played two full games, and missing the entire group stage. He also chose Croatian left-back Sosa, mainly because he plays for Klinsmann's local team of Stuttgart.

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