Pizzi vows to make Saudi Arabia proud
Saudi Arabia manager Juan Antonio Pizzi has promised to make the country proud in their final group game against neighbouring Egypt, despite neither team having anything to play for in terms of qualification.
After being humiliated by hosts Russia in the opening game with a 5-0 defeat, Saudi Arabia took a more rigorous approach to their second match against Uruguay to keep the scoreline at a respectable 1-0 to La Celeste. Having become something of a laughing stock after the Russia drubbing, Pizzi has promised to make amends and give the Saudi fans something to cheer about.
“We were all united fighting for the same objective, and I think the people of Saudi Arabia will be happy with the spirit we showed,” he said. “Unfortunately we couldn’t play like this in the first game, and we regret that we have no possibility in the last game. But we’ll still represent our country, and we’ll make Saudi Arabia proud even though we are out of the tournament.”
The Argentina born manager continued, “The difference between this display and the first game was enormous, the change was obvious. It gives us tranquility for the future for the months ahead.We may not have done enough to get the result we wanted, but we had lots of the ball and we circulated it well. We imposed ourselves on the game. The goal we conceded was unfortunate, but we didn’t have the tools they had. This is our weakness. We have good ball possession, but no effectiveness”
“We lack the depth and skill required to win these games. We have looked for solutions, but haven’t quite come up with one yet. But this is one of the reasons great forwards are in high demand and are the elite players in world football. We couldn’t equalise, but we controlled the play. We didn’t suffer.”
Saudi Arabia face off against Egypt on Monday 25th June at 4PM Egyptian time, simultaneous with the other final Group A between Russia and Saudi Arabia.
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