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Héctor Cúper: It was easy to just get positive result

Héctor Cúper: It was easy to just get positive result

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Egypt manager  is not happy with the team’s performance against , saying it was easy to get a positive result.

The Pharaohs suffered two losses in the March friendlies, falling to Portugal and Greece ahead of the  next June.

Héctor Cúper decided to try new faces against  and gave chances to a number of inexperienced players, namely Mohamed Awad, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Magdy, and Hussein El-Shahat.

READ: Cúper: New faces will feature against Greece

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.

“It was easy to just field the 11 players who start regularly for us and get a positive result, but we decided to give as many players as possible a chance to watch them closely,” Cúper told ONSport after the Greece game.

READ: Mohamed Salah gives opinion on March friendlies

Photo: Robert Hradil/Getty Images

“I wasn’t happy with the team’s performance in the first-half, but it was a little bit different in the second-half. We became more fierce and the performance improved, but the result wasn’t positive.

“We tried to give the new players the highest number of minutes, and we tried to watch them closely over the two matches. That’s how the camp was useful.

“We don’t have time anymore. We are preparing for the final list which will participate in the World Cup,” he added.

READ: Hegazi: We had to get used to facing all types of opponents

Egypt’s next games will be against Kuwait on May, 26, before facing Colombia and Belguim on June 1 and June 6 respectively.

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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