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Egypt midfielder Trezeguet credits Cuper for fine form

Ahram Online , Tuesday 24 Apr 2018
File photo: A Tunisian player vies for the ball with Egypt's Mahmoud Trezeguet (L) during a friendly soccer match on January 8, 2017 at the Cairo International stadium (Photo: AFP)
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Egypt midfielder Mahmoud Trezeguet was grateful to coach Hector Cuper for putting faith in him as he established himself as a key starter for the Pharaohs ahead of the summer World Cup in Russia.

Trezeguet, who plays on loan at Turkish side Kasimpasa, has recently become Cuper's preferred choice on the left wing, with Stoke City's Ramadan Sobhi relegated to the bench.

The work rate of Trezeguet and his knack of making jinking runs into the area and scoring decisive goals have helped him become one of the pillars of Cuper's strategy.

He has had an impressive season at Kasimpasa, whom he joined from Belgian side Anderlecht last summer, scoring 14 goals and creating five others in 30 appearances in all competitions.

"I got my first chance (with Egypt) when Cuper arrived and I grasped it, showing a strong desire to work and improve. He is a coach who respects those who exert efforts in training and matches and are tactically disciplined," Trezeguet said in an interview with on Tuesday.

"Thanks God, I earned his trust and I played all of Egypt's World Cup qualifying games and all the matches of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

"I want to thank him for the faith he put in me and I promise him that I will keep my current level of form and improve further in the coming weeks."

Trezeguet has made 23 appearances with Egypt since making his debut in 2014, scoring twice.

He won the decisive penalty which Mohamed Salah converted to give the team a 2-1 win over Congo in Alexandria last year, which lifted them to their first World Cup finals since 1990.

Egypt will play in Group A of the football's most prestigious showpiece along with hosts Russia, South American powerhouses Uruguay and Arab Gulf side Saudi Arabia.

"Without doubt, it's a tough group. Those who think it's easy are mistaken," the 23-year-old added.

"Russia will have home advantage, Uruguay are former world champions who boast big stars and can threaten anyone and our match against Saudi Arabia will be like a derby.

"But we should trust ourselves … we should go to the finals fearing no one."

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