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Mohamed Salah talks Egypt, World Cup, and Champions League final

Mohamed Salah talks Egypt, World Cup, and Champions League final

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has discussed the difference between playing for Egypt and Liverpool, the World Cup pressure, and the UEFA Champions League final injury.

The Liverpool winger was injured after landing on his shoulder following a heavy challenge with Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos in the UEFA Champions League final.

He has been named in Hector Cuper’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup, but the EFA revealed earlier that Salah’s participation against Uruguay is in doubt.

However, he has revealed his hopes of starting the tournament from the beginning, especially that he has missed the pre-World Cup friendlies against Kuwait and Colombia, and will not return for the Belguim game.

“I will do my best to play from the beginning,” Salah told Bleacher Report.

“I’m always saying that when you wear the jersey of the national team, it’s something different, for any player in the world.

Mohamed Salah
“You play for your own country with your feeling, your emotion. It’s different. You don’t play the same number of games for your country that you do for your club.

“And so it feels like you are really fighting for your country. It’s a different feeling.”

No one really expects much from the Pharaohs in the World Cup, despite Salah’s magnificent campaign for Liverpool, which saw him score 44 goals in 52 games.

And the Liverpool winger is pleased with that, as it will put no pressure on them, unlike Uruguay and hosts Russia, who are expected to qualify from their group.

“You know, the people in Egypt have just wanted to be back in the World Cup for so long that everyone is just happy we made it,” Salah said.

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“That is good for us because there is no pressure. It is also good because the rest of the world looks at us like we aren’t supposed to be there, and that is also good for us. There is no pressure on the players.

“But if you ask me what we are saying to each other, as the players on the team, we are saying something different.”

Mohamed Salah then talked about the UEFA Champions League final and the injury which he picked up, insisting that he wasn’t thinking about the World Cup during the game.

“It’s a lot of emotions, that moment,” Salah said on the injury.

“I’m a human being, so I feel pain, and I was thinking about my head, was thinking about the Champions League final—after that, immediately I think about the World Cup.

“You can’t think about the World Cup during the final. It’s the final of the Champions League!”

Mohamed Salah Sergio Ramos

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Sergio Ramos also spoke on the incident, which made nearly half a million people signing an online petition that called on FIFA and UEFA to punish the defender for “intentionally hurting” Salah.

READ: Ramos’ tackle on Salah features in Syrian law exam

Mohamed Salah is currently undergoing a rehabilitation program in Valencia, Spain in order to accelerate his return, with winger expected to miss Egypt’s opening game.

Full credits go to Bleacher for the original interview.

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