Héctor Cúper: It was easy to just get positive result
Héctor Cúper decided to try new faces against Greece and gave chances to a number of inexperienced players, namely Mohamed Awad, Ayman Ashraf, Mohamed Magdy, and Hussein El-Shahat.
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.
“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.
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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