Against such a strong side as France you must not make mistakes.
It's the players, though, who have captured the French imagination, a mostly youthful, diverse group that represents a generation which traditionalists have yet to come to terms with.
President Emmanuel Macron exulted on the field and in the locker room with the players, and is hoping their victory gives him a boost, too.
Crowds of joyful French fans joined by airport staff gathered at Paris' Charles de Gaulle airport on Monday (July 16) to await the return of their World Cup winning football team, who will be honoured with a parade along the Champs Elysees and a special presidential reception.
Fans in France celebrated into the night, honking auto horns and flying the tricolour flag while the Eiffel Tower was lit up in blue, white and red. Broken shop windows and signs of looting lined a section of the Champs-Elysees.
Their World Cup squad had an average age of just over 26 and they have an abundance of world-class players but the way the team negotiated the tournament with intelligence and fortitude gives even greater cause for optimism for the future.
"To be champions of the world as professional footballers, there is nothing better".
Some 31 people, including eight minors, had their detention extended on suspicion of involvement in incidents in Paris during the victory celebrations, a Paris prosecutor said late Monday.
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"It's true, we went on the pitch, and we said, We're going to crush them all!" he said.
He also promised unions that his presidency was entering a "new phase" in which he would listen to them more closely after a year of whirlwind reform in which he largely ignored their protests.
Bourassi runs a youth center in Bondy - Mbappe's home that was among those scarred by riots in 2005 that exposed the fissures of France that have yet to heal - and he knows the teenage star of the tournament.
FIFA, world soccer's governing body, and host-nation Russian Federation also are smiling after what some are calling "the best World Cup in history", as are their respective presidents Gianni Infantino and Vladimir Putin.
World Cup, World Cup and more World Cup - that's all France is talking about. It seems that whether in real life or with a controller, France has brought the World Cup home.
With the score level at 1-1, Argentine referee Nestor Pitana changed his initial decision and awarded a spot-kick, converted by Antoine Griezmann, for handball against Ivan Perisic after viewing television replays. "We will not get Overconfident and take Croatia lightly" said Paul Pogba in an interview before the Final.
Now, "the players are on holiday", Philippe Tournon, head of press for the team, told AFP.