A fierce midfield contest is expected when Egypt meet five-time world champions Brazil in a friendly in Qatari capital Doha on Monday.
Egypt’s new coach Bob Bradley will be hoping his central midfielders stop the threat Brazil’s attacking midfielders and forwards are likely to pose, despite the absence of the likes of Kaka, Neymar and Paulo Ganso.
Zamlek’s defensive-minded midfielder Ibrahim Salah could be given the nod, thanks to his ability to close down spaces in midfield. He is expected to be partnered by Ismaily’s in-form midfielder Hosni Abd-Rabou, who has scored seven goals in the first five Egyptian Premier League games.
Salah may also keep a close eye on Brazil’s Hernanes while Abd-Rabou is likely to orchestrate Egypt’s attacks with his neat passes and adventurous playing style.
Bradley is also expected to rely heavily on Zamalek ‘s attacking midfielder Mahmoud Abdel-Razek “Shikabala” in his plans of hitting Brazil on the break.
''It's a tough game. Nowadays you hardly play an easy game, even more with their team, they have fast players in attack,” Brazil’s and AC Milan defender Silva said.
“In the counter-attack, we could suffer greatly, but if were focused and do what we do with our clubs, we'll be able to handle them,” he added.