"More pasta?!" laughs Kylian Mbappe, which is what he always says before each meal.
This was a special dinner though. The last one before the World Cup final.
Around the big rectangular table where the 23 members of the French squad were sat, there was no sign of pressure. Rather, it was the same coolness, the same laughs, the same jokers -- Benjamin Mendy, especially -- as it has been before every game at the 2018 World Cup.
Once the dinner is over, the players slowly filter back to their bedrooms. Not all of them though. The 11 who will start on Sunday against Croatia -- Hugo Lloris, Benjamin Pavard, Raphael Varane, Samuel Umtiti, Lucas Hernandez, Paul Pogba, Ngolo Kante, Blaise Matuidi, Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Mbappe -- have one more thing to do before going to bed: a meeting with Didier Deschamps and his assistant Guy Stephan.
Like they did before the games against Argentina, Uruguay and Belgium, the two coaches and their players are going through the tactics individually and what each player has to do against the Croats.
Deschamps doesn't like change. So he was certainly never going to change his little routine before a World Cup final. Saturday night is no different. The players are probably even more focused and determined than ever before in the competition. This is the final we are talking about -- and they want to win it so badly.
Earlier in the day, at 11.15 a.m., the French left their camp base in Istra, 80 kilometres north-west of Moscow, for their seventh and last trip of this World Cup. It is a short one to the capital. On the side of the bus is written the slogan chosen by the French fans before the start of the tournament: "Your strength, our passion. Allez Les Bleus!"
The players have never been so strong and the country and the fans have never felt so passionate. The choice was maybe prophetic.
On the bus, the atmosphere is the same as before each and every match so far. Pogba is in charge of the music. Among other songs, he chose the sound of XXXTENTACION, the U.S. rapper who was shot dead last month in Florida.
As always, Pogba is sat at the back of the vehicle, with Varane, Mendy and Corentin Tolisso in the seats in front of him. Then you can find Griezmann and Ousmane Dembele, next to each other as usual, and playing Football Manager on their laptops.
Dembele and Winchester FC, the team he created in the game, are still going strongly. Presnel Kimpembe is catching up with an episode of "Peaky Blinders," the British TV series set in the 1920s in Birmingham and which follows the exploits of the Shelby crime family. "Vikings," "Game of Thrones," and "El Chapo" are the other series trending with the French at the moment. Thomas Lemar, Kante, Umtiti, Djibril Sidibe and Nabil Fekir play cards.
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