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Laxalt explains how to stop Salah

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and Genoa left back has revealed what he believes to be the secret to stopping Egypt’s star man ahead of the group stage encounter between the two sides.

Laxalt, formerly of Inter Milan and Bologna, is likely to be in direct competition with Salah in the opening game of the World Cup as he plays at left back for Uruguay while Salah is usually deployed as a right winger for Egypt.

As a result, in an interview with Tenfield, the 25 year old explained the plan for how to neutralise the forward who has scored 44 goals in all competitions for Liverpool this season.

“I played several times against Salah but he was not in today’s form. You have to do it always with your back. You have to try to ensure that Salah always plays with his back to the goal and can not turn, that’s the way to stop him” said Laxalt.

“He continued to speak about his personal journey to the tournament, adding “After being in the China Cup I feel better because I could play matches, but it will be a decision of the manager [Tabarez]. One has to be in the position soon enough to be able to be. There is a very nice atmosphere. Healthy competition is always there. We are all pulling to the same side.”

Egypt face Uruguay on Friday 15th June at 2PM Egyptian time, in the Pharaohs’ first World Cup match since 1990, before facing off against hosts Russia and geographical neighbours Saudi Arabia to close out the group stage.

Match Reporter and Editor at Quantity surveyor from South East London. Support Leyton Orient and Inter at club level. Due to my mixed heritage I also support England, Egypt and Poland at national level. If it involves a stadium and a football then I'll watch it.

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