We played well and I will not resign says Hector Cuper
In the press conference Hector Cuper talked about Egypt’s performance, how he found the team in good shape in the first half and why he will not resign.
Egypt’s coach started the conference by speaking about his players and how they were ready for the game against Saudi Arabia.
“The players were psychologically ready for the game and I believe our performance in the first half is enough evidence for that.
“We were perfect in the first half and we managed to score and create more than one chance. If the group was not mentally ready, it would not have happened.”
Afterwards Cuper was asked why he did not play Shikabala although he said, the 32-year-old is Abadallah El-Said’s replacement.
“We played with a different formation.
“We played with a 4-4-2 formation, unlike the formation we always rely on, 4-4-1-1.
“There is more than one player who did not have the opportunity to participate.
“You always have to defend and you have to defend well and I believe that is what happened in the first half.
“We scored and created five crucial chances, so I believe our strategy was right.
“We did not get good results at the World Cup but the performance was not bad, we lost twice in the final minutes so I do not think the strategy was a failure.”
The Argentinian was asked if he is planning to resign from his position and he said: “No, I will not.
“But my contract ends with the Egyptian national team at the end of the World Cup and we will see what happens next. I spoke to the football federation and we will see what happens when we return to Cairo.
Cuper shared his last words in the conference on El-Hadary and the fact he has been receiving criticism for years with Egypt.
“All the goalkeepers are in on the same level, I decided to play El-Hadary today.
“El-Hadary had an excellent performance today, he was fit for the game and Egyptians should feel proud of his records.
“I have been criticized for three and a half years, but we have had some successes, the performance was not bad, although the results were not good.”
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