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Roberto Carlos talks Héctor Cúper, Egypt, Uruguay encounter

Roberto Carlos talks Cúper, Egypt, Uruguay encounter

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Footballing legend has praised Hector Cuper and gave his verdict on Egypt’s World Cup opener against Uruguay.

The Pharaohs will face Uruguay in their World Cup opener on Friday, one day after hosts Russia’s clash with Saudi Arabia.

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The Pharaohs have qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 28 years under the guidance of Hector Cuper, who has been heavily criticized by the fans.

However, former Real Madrid legend Roberto Carlos has been impressed by the Egyptian national team under Hector Cuper, saying they play well-balanced football.

“When I watched Egypt, I saw a strong team, who play a balanced offensive and defensive football,” Carlos told ONSport.

“Any team managed by Cuper always depend on the good defensive positioning and the counter-attack. Cuper has always been like that.

Hector Cuper

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“The problem of the fans is that they always want the manager to play attacking football. If he attacked and lost 1-0, it’s his fault, and if he defended and lost, it will also be his fault. What Cuper is doing with Egypt is normal.

“Nowadays, Football is not a show. You have to be organized and try to force your opponents into mistakes to score, and then return back to be organized. Real Madrid, Brazil, and Germany do that.

“To become a champion you have to defend well,” he added.

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The Brazilian was also asked about Egypt’s encounter with Uruguay on Friday, saying: “Cuper knows Uruguay well and therefore Egypt will be well prepared.

“Egypt must rely on the defense and on the high-speed in the attack,” he concluded.

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