Salah is one of the fastest players in the world, says Jose Mourinho
The Portuguese manager had previously managed Mohamed Salah during his Chelsea FC days. The 55-year-old acknowledges Salah’s qualities from their time together.
Speaking to Russian TV following Saudi Arabia’s 5-0 defeat to Russia, the former Porto manager refused to claim Salah is the fastest player, saying: “I don’t want to say he is the fastest, but one of the fastest players in the world.
“With the ball, without the ball, he can dribble, he can attack spaces behind defenders. Russia have to drop the defensive block back, and they have to react better when they lose the ball.
“Egypt can hurt Russia. It may seem a contradiction, but I don’t think Russia can score many goals, and I’m saying this after 5-0.
“But I think they cannot score many goals against good teams, so I don’t think they can afford to concede many either,” he added.
Mourinho also claimed that Russia’s clash against Egypt will be an important one, saying: “The game against Egypt is the crucial match of the group.”
Egypt play Russia on Tuesday as the Russians go into the game leading Group A with three points with a comfortable goal difference of five. Kick-off is set to take place at 18:00 GMT.
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