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Cheryshev: Salah is a great player but not world class

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Former forward, Dimitri Cheryshev, states that even though Egypt and Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah is a great players, he is not in the same class as the likes of Ronaldo, Messi and Neymar.

Cheryshev’s son, Denis Cheryshev, the former Real Madrid winger and current Villarreal winger, managed to score a brace in Russia’s 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia, after coming on for the injured, Alan Dzagoev, in the first half.

On the other hand, Pharaohs lost their opening match to Uruguay 1-0 last Friday. Salah spent the whole game benched after not being 100% fit due to the shoulder injury he sustained in the Champions League Final last May.

“Salah is an exceptional player, but he is not a world-class football star, who can compete for the Golden Boot. Right now, the contenders for the award are Ronaldo, Messi, Neymar and maybe England’s Harry Kane. Liverpool uses Salah properly, here, in the Egyptian national team, things will be different,” Cheryshev told journalists.

He added, “The team is getting ready for Egypt. I played against Egypt head coach Hector Cuper’s teams before, he is the most tactical coach, you never know how to approach his teams. Any chance we might have we should use in that match.”

Cheryshev’s son, Denis, is expected to start against Egypt, with the hosts eyeing the three points to earn a place in the second round of the World Cup. On the other hand, the Pharaohs must pick up at least a point to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Russia currently top Group A after their 5-0 win against Saudi Arabia, while Egypt sit third behind Uruguay. The hosts will face Egypt on Tuesday, June 19 at 20:00 CLT at the Krestovosky Stadium at St. Petersburg.

A pre-dental student majoring in Applied Kinesiology at Rutgers University, Emergency Medical Technician, Reporter at and a devoted Real Madrid fan.

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  1. Gogi

    June 18, 2018 at 4:21 AM

    That Egypt “must pick up at least a point…” to keep their chances of proceeding alive is wrong. Theoretically they can lose and still qualify should Saudi Arabia beat Uruguay. If you’re talking about realistical or probable scenarios then even a point is almost worth nothing. This is a must-win-match! To be precise, Egypt has to win with 2 goals difference to make sure they’d come up at least as second in a threeway comparison with Uruguay and Russia.

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