Egypt is a team to respect at World Cup: Uruguay captain Godin

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Apr 2018

Diego Godin (Reuters)

Uruguay skipper Diego Godin has warned his side about the Egyptian national team in the World Cup, and praised coach Hector Cuper and the Pharaohs' star Mohamed Salah.

"Egypt are a strong team, they have a great coach, a player who is shining in England. They are a team to respect and because he is the first one, we need to pay special attention," the 32-year-old Atlético Madrid defender was quoted as saying by Océano FM.

"We have to be cautious, build day by day, think first of how to beat Egypt, but the dream is to win the World Cup," he added.

Egypt and Uruguay are in group A in the 2018 World Cup alongside Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia. Egypt and Uruguay will meet on 15 June.

"I cannot say that we have a more important game than Egypt. It is true that Russia has a plus for being the home side, but it is the last game," he explained.

Godin stressed that stopping Salah is essential for his side in their attempt to win.

"I do not remember facing him, but a player who is scoring so many goals, who is at such a high level of confidence, is decisive for a team because he is a great striker. We will have to pay special attention, as a defense, in his movements," Godin explained.

"But it's not just Salah, because as a team Egypt works well, is solid, tough and physically strong and has a great coach who gives them order and tactical discipline," he concluded.

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