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Manuel Jose: What Cuper has achieved has been simply great

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The legendary coach of Al-Ahly has been full of praise for ’s national team boss Hector Cuper, yet he believes it will not be an easy task for him to win his group stage matches. 

Despite all the hate and criticism he suffers from the media and the fans, Jose believes Cuper deserves credit for his style of play, especially after he achieved what Egypt’s finest troops couldn’t a decade ago.

“The fact Egypt and Saudi Arabia were able to reach the World Cup is a great achievement by all standards, it is the biggest window for the players to stand on the grandest stage, and play against the biggest stars in the world.

“This Egypt national team has a special character, it is different from all the generations that have passed it, it is also different than the one that won the African Cup of Nations three times, with great players, yet they could not play in the World Cup.

“This version is different now, it is led by Mohammed Salah and a number  of other players, they are also coached by Hector Cuper who is always criticized as people are still hoping to watch the version of Mohamed Aboutrika and his teammates.

“Knowing the names he has in his squad, what Cuper has achieved has been simply great.”

“Egyptians do not like his style of play but this is modern football and he was able to reach the World Cup with a team combined of Salah, Abdallah Al-Saeed, Trezeguet, Ramadhan Sobhi and El-Hadary, while the golden generation that won three AFCON titles couldn’t.  Also remember that Egypt went through a difficult period when all the stadiums were either shut down or deprived of fans, something that held a huge negative effect on football in this country.

“Egypt has two very important opponents – Russia, the organizers and a very tough Uruguay side. Knowing the way Egypt plays, they are not going to win easily.

“For me, as coach, I think Cuper was very smart in exploiting the players’ abilities perfectly, especially as the team includes some young players who need to develop like Ramadan Sobhi and Trezeguet, but he managed to reach the World Cup, and that certainly counts for him.”


London School for Journalism student. KingFut community manager, Saba7o Korah editorial team, Writing for Football Italia and I have featured for FourFourTwo, These Football Times and The Gentleman Ultra.

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