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Nikolaos Karelis: I’m confident Egypt will surprise us in World Cup

Nikolaos Karelis: I'm confident Egypt will surprise us in World Cup

Photo: Robert Hradil/Getty Images

goalscorer spoke following his side’s victory over Egypt, revealing the reason behind the Egyptian national team defensive problems.

The Egyptian national team lost their two encounters in the March friendlies, a last-minute 2-1 loss against Portugal was followed by dull performance against Greece.

READ: Mohamed Salah gives opinion on March friendlies

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.

And Karelis believes that this is the reason behind the shaky defensive performance, which allowed him to score the winner for his country.

“Egypt have a very good team and I wish them all the luck in the World Cup. I’m confident that they will surprise us in the World Cup,” Karelis told ONSport.

Photo: Robert Hradil/Getty Images

“I don’t see any problems in their defense, they did well defensively, the only problem could be the miscommunication between the players,” he added.

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

The Genk forward also revealed that he is satisfied with his team’s performance in general as he believes they now have a stronger team than the one which lost 4-1 to Croatia in the World Cup playoffs.

“It was our last match before the Euro qualifiers and it was very important for us to play well. We gave 100% today and could’ve performed a lot better on the field,” Karelis concluded.

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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