Valeri Karpin speaks ahead of Egypt’s upcoming match with Russia
Valeri Karpin, who played for Celta Vigo and Real Sociedad, has spoken on the highly anticipated match between Russia and Egypt on Tuesday. Russia currently sits in first place in Group A with three points after beating Saudi Arabia 5-0, while Egypt sits in third place with zero after the narrow 1-0 loss to Uruguay.
Before the match, many have questioned Mohamed Salah’s status as he did not feature against Uruguay. The EFA has made clear that Salah is ready to play and his participation is in the hands of manager Héctor Cúper.
“With Salah or without Salah, the game against Egypt will be another story, that’s for sure,” Karpin responded as Russian media have focused on the Liverpool forward’s chances of playing.
“With all due respect, Saudi Arabia is the worst team in the World Cup and not only because of the level of the players, but because of the game shown,” the Rostov manager added.
Russia cruised past Saudi Arabia in the first match at the World Cup, putting five goals past Abdullah Al-Mayouf and Co. The hosts sit in first place ahead of Uruguay on goal-difference due to the rout.
“I would not say that in the Euros in France there was no quality football, but it is true that the game was much more tight than now in the World Cup,” Karpin concluded on Russia ahead of the clash on Tuesday.
After Russia meet Egypt on Tuesday, the second Group A clash between Uruguay and Saudi Arabia will take place on Wednesday. The third match-day will be on Monday June 25 as Egypt face Saudi Arabia and the hosts face Uruguay.
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