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Egypt news: Cuper vows to change style

1 year ago

In the latest Egypt news, manager Hector Cuper claims he will change Egypt’s style of play as they look to advance beyond Group A.

The Pharaohs are set to make their first World Cup appearance since 1990 when they take to the field in Russia this summer.

Egypt, who are priced at 5/4 to qualify from Group A with William Hill, topped their group in qualifying ahead of Uganda, Ghana and Congo, netting eight times and conceding four.

Cuper sent his side out in a 4-5-1 formation to keep things tight during the qualification process and it worked to their advantage.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah was key in ensuring they had firepower, netting five times, and the African nation will be relying on him in Russia.

Fans were unhappy with Cuper’s negative approach and the Argentinean appears to have listened to their concerns after revealing that he will look to change their style.

Cuper said: “I agree that the team’s style of playing doesn’t meet the fans’ expectations, but that’s what we needed in order to accomplish such an achievement as [qualifying for the World Cup], as well as positive results in the previous three years.

“I want to change our style, but if we lose to Uruguay by four goals, what will the fans’ reaction be? I will try to make some changes.”

The Egypt boss will have friendlies against Kuwait, Colombia and Belgium over the next couple of weeks to test his new tactics.

“We will play three friendlies with different football teams ahead of the World Cup.

“We are working to make use of the Kuwait, Colombia and Belgium friendly games in order to be ready for the 2018 World Cup finals.

“The main target of playing friendly games is to choose the final 23-player squad that will take part in the World Cup.”