Greece boss Skibbe: Egypt were a dangerous opponent
Greece head coach Michael Skibbe praised the Egyptian national team after his side met and defeated the Pharaohs in a friendly in Switzerland on Tuesday.
The 2004 European champions, who are not among the 32 nations that will compete in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, handed Egypt their second loss during the March international break as they defeated Hector Cuper’s men 1-0.
“We presented a better performance than we did against Switzerland. Overall, we created better chances and scored a brilliant goal,” Skibbe said after the game.
Greece had faced Switzerland in a friendly game on Friday where they were defeated 0-1 in Athens by Blerim Dzemaili’s goal.
When asked about his opinion regarding the Egyptian national team Skibbe said: “They’ve made a number of changes since their match against Portugal. They were a dangerous opponent.”
Héctor Cúper started the game 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.
“They are a tough team and have great players, especially Mohamed Salah,” he added. “Egypt has a chance to show its strength after two months in the World Cup.”
The coach also said that he thinks Egypt was affected by the number of substitutions his side made during the game.
“We made a lot of substitutions, just like what the Egyptian team did because the players are preparing for upcoming important games and we don’t want to exhaust them,” he concluded.
Egypt’s next games will be against Kuwait on May, 26, before facing Colombia and Belguim on June 1 and June 6 respectively.
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