Hector Cuper: We did not achieve anything yet, we still have a lot of work
Egypt head coach Hector Cuper said that he is happy with his players’ ambitions and efforts against Portugal despite the loss, but believes that the national team still has a lot of work to do in the next period.
Even though the Pharaohs showed some quality football in their game against Portugal they still suffered a 2-1 loss in the dying minutes of the game, which Cuper views as an important lesson for the whole team.
“I think fans noticed how high the player’s level of energy and eagerness was,” he told ON Sport TV. “We should note that our opponents were the 2016 European champions. And we wanted to face a strong opponent to test our capabilities.”
Egypt will be also facing Greece on Tuesday in their second and final game of this international break which could be an opportunity to see the fresh faces that just joined the national team.
“This is why were satisfied despite the loss in the dying minutes of the game,” he added. “Nobody likes losing but what happened was a valuable lesson.”
Cuper also pointed out that the team considers all upcoming matches as tough games but at the same time believes that what happened during the game against Portugal was a good indication regarding Egypt’s current level when it comes to competing with top teams.
“We did not achieve anything yet, we still have a lot of work to do,” Cuper said. “For us to win, we have to introduce new aspects to our style and add a good balance to the way we play.”
“It’s important to never stop, focus and to keep working all the time,” he concluded.
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