Lasarte explains difference between Egyptian, South American football
Al Ahly boss Martin Lasarte has revealed the differences between Egyptian and South American football, hailing the Reds’ huge popularity in Egypt.
The Uruguayan manager has enjoyed a quite decent start to Al Ahly life, despite losing his debut game against Pyramids FC, Lasarte has brought Al Ahly back to the title race, winning the remaining seven league games.
The 57-year-old has expressed his delight at his new job in Egypt, praising Al Ahly’s big records and huge popularity in the country.
“Well, I’m quite happy to manage a big and an important club, who have a lot of international achievements,” Lasarte spoke to Chilean newspaper Publimetro.
“Al Ahly are one of the most prestigious clubs in the world, with over 50 million people supporting the club, taking into consideration that Egypt’s population is around 100 million.
“Before my arrival, the team’s position was quite complicated, as they had just lost the CAF Champions League final, which forced the board to make a lot of major changes within the team,” he added.
Lasarte has explained the differences between the Egyptian and South American football, believing that football in Egypt is somehow similar to the European one in terms of building up the play from the back.
“There’s a difference. I will not say it is better or worse, but it’s different. There are good players and good performances,” Lasarte added.
“In some cases, it is similar to European football in building the play from the back and keeping possession.
“The League is very rich, and every club offers something different, there’s no similarity between the clubs. Football here is variant and there are different techniques, but the only disadvantage is that the pitches aren’t better than the South American ones.
“Skilful players will succeed in Egypt. Those who have the ability to play in narrow spaces, and take the final decision will succeed here,” he concluded.
Al Ahly are currently third in the Egyptian Premier League, seven points behind leaders Zamalek, but the Reds still have a game in hand.
They are currently preparing for their next clash which will be against El-Gouna away from home on Saturday, February 23.
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