Egypt only aims for victory against Algeria, says Queiroz

Mahmoud Sheleib , Monday 6 Dec 2021

Egypt’s coach Carlos Queiroz stressed that his team will only play to win against Algeria and claim the top spot in the final round of the group stage of the FIFA Arab Cup.

Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz. AFP

Egypt and Algeria share the lead of Group D with six points each, and both teams need to win in the final round of the group stage to qualify to the knockouts.

“We will play the Algeria game with the team spirit for which we are known, we will work hard to win. Each game is like a final for us,” the Portuguese tactician told the pre-game press conference.

“The Egyptian team has many good players, so we will work hard to show our superiority. Our aim is to win in every game to reach the maximum stage we can reach in the tournament, putting into consideration respecting the other teams.

“We are not under pressure, but we are professionals and it is our job to improve. I am very excited about tomorrow's match and it will be a pleasant game for football fans and our supporters and we are looking forward to it,” he added.

The 68-year-old coach revealed that Ahly’s attacking midfielder Mohamed ‘Afsha’ Magdy is not yet back to full form after suffering a thigh injury and Queiroz will not risk putting him in this game.

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