And that’s not to underestimate any opponent , especially in a tournament decider.
The French learned the hard way - losing that match 1-0.
But heading into Sunday’s World Cup final against Croatia, who, like the Portuguese, reached the final after playing a number of extra-time periods en route to the gold-medal match, they won’t make the same mistake again.
Midfielder Paul Pogba explains: “I am not going to lie. At the Euros, we thought that it was already done. We told ourselves that we had won already after beating Germany, that was the real final for us.
“We respected Portugal, but with their routes we don’t want to make this mistake again, we will approach this match differently.”
With the ultimate prize of lifting the World Cup trophy up for grabs, Pogba realises that Croatia will give their all after coming back to win their last two games.
The 25-year-old adds: “Croatia played a very tough match against England. They did not give up. They were losing 1-0 and came back.
“There are two teams and one cup. They have played 90 minutes more than us - I don’t know if it’s a disadvantage for them or if they’re going to want to show that they want to win even more.”
Skipper Hugo Lloris urged his manne not to get ahead of themselves and must finish the job now.
The goalkeeper warn: “As a professional player, you cannot allow yourself to dream.
“The work we have done has to give us the power to finish well.”