Cuper: We wanted to give chances to new players against Greece
Egypt coach Hector Cuper said that the reasons behind introducing new players to his starting line was that because the staff was aiming to give a chance to new players who joined the national team before they make the final selection.
Hector Cuper started the game against Greece, which the team lost 1-0, with a different backline to the one which played against Portugal, Saad Samir came in for Ahmed Hegazi, while Ahmed Fathi and Mohamed Abdel-Shafy were rested and Elmohamady and Omar Gaber took their places.
He also rested Mohamed Salah, Abdallah El-Said, Ahmed Hegazi, and Ahmed Fathi, and revealed he wasn’t happy with the team’s performance against the Greek side.
“Greece were better, especially in the first half,” the Argentinian coach told Epsilon TV channel “We wanted to try new strategies and some new players.”
“We don’t have much time as we’ll soon need to announce the final list that will head to the World Cup,” he explained. “We wanted to give chances to new players against Greece.”
The Pharaohs were drawn in group A alongside Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia, with their first game coming against the South American side, then Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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