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Pierre Lechantre: This Egypt team isn’t what it used to be ten years ago

Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport

Photo by Ben Radford /Allsport

Congo manager has talked about his team’s match against Egypt and how they prepared to face the Pharaohs. 

In an interview with the Congolese press, Lechantre talked about the recent visit from the president of the Congolese Football Federation as well as the country’s Sports Minister in order to support the players before their match against Egypt in the 2018 Russia World Cup qualifiers.

When asked about the health of his players and whether anyone’s injured, Lechantre said: “Everything’s good in Kintélé, there are no injuries in the team and everyone’s motivated.”

In reply to being asked how will you approach this match, the 66-year-old said: “Our approach will be similar to the Guinea Bissau match, with perhaps only two or three changes with some players changing their positions.”

Read: Preview of Egypt’s visit to Congo

The French manager then started talking about Egypt saying: “We have watched them against Tanzania and South Africa, but they are not the same team of ten years ago which was at the top African level.

“But we know Egyptian football is one of the greatest in Africa, having two major clubs, Ahly and Zamalek, with great players also playing abroad.”

Lechantre replied as to what are his plans for Mohamed Salah and how will he prepare to face the speedy winger; he said: “We said to the players that we’ll deal with a player who is very fast and we know his qualities, so we worked on that.

“He’s one of the best players in Europe, but we’re not just fixed on him and we have the advantage in our own game and we’ll show that.”

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