Egypt disrupted the game’s rhythm and referee tired us, says Belmadi

Ahram Online , Tuesday 17 Oct 2023

Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi was unhappy with Egypt’s tactics in their 1-1 friendly draw on Monday, saying they disrupted the game’s flow.

File photo: Algeria s coach Djamel Belmadi. REUTERS


Egypt, who had defender Mohamed Hani sent off in the 23rd minute, took the lead in the 62nd minute through Hamdi Fathi. Islam Slimani equalized for Algeria in stoppage time.

Belmadi said his team, who are preparing for the World Cup qualifiers next month, did not perform well.

“We wanted to face Egypt for a long time, but I feel disappointed for two reasons,” Belmadi told Algerian newspaper Al-Nahar.

“Egypt frequently disrupted the game’s rhythm, and we should have done better tactically.”

Belmadi also criticized the referee and the Egyptian goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shenawy as "disruptive and problematic," wasting time by falling to the ground several times.

“The referee tired us more than the Egyptian team. This is not how beautiful football is refereed in Europe," Belmadi told the Algerian newspaper Echourouk.

Belmadi added that he would have preferred to play against 11 players, not 10, complimenting Egypt's tight defence.

“I didn’t like the situation against Egypt; I would have preferred to play against 11 players. When a team plays with 10 players, they can look good, especially if they have experience like the Pharaohs,” he said.

Belmadi said he was happy with the test, which will help Algeria prepare before facing Burkina Faso and Niger in November.

“We faced a very experienced team. I’m happy with this test, which showed us some strengths and weaknesses that we need to address,” he concluded.

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