Senegal no longer has the right to make mistakes against Qatar


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Without Sadio Mané, Senegal was eagerly awaited for its entry into the competition against the Netherlands. A shock therefore for this first match which unfortunately saw the Lions bow. However, Aliou Cissé’s men had delivered a very successful performance with an impressive physical impact and a few chances. But against a Dutch team a little below, individualities made the difference. Abdou Diallo and Cheikhou Kouyaté’s injury outings too. It was finally Gakpo (85th) and Klaassen (90th + 9) who found the fault and therefore showered Senegalese hopes. With this defeat, Senegal already has no choice but to win its next match against Qatar to stay in the race for qualification.

At a press conference, the Senegalese coach also explained that Monday’s defeat had no impact on the group’s motivation. The group lives well despite the defeat. “There were a lot of lessons in this defeat. Senegal was not bad. We stood up to one of the best teams in the world today, ranked 8th on the FIFA rankings with world-class players. (…) The matches that we had to play which were at this level of intensity, pressure, importance and requirement allowed us to acquire a certain collective experience over the seven years that we we are here. It’s up to us to focus”, he launched. To concentrate precisely, it will be necessary to try to ensure against a team largely within their reach and which did not reassure at all during their opening match.

Senegal can count on Diallo and maybe Kouyaté

But now, Qatar will also have their backs against the wall. Just like Senegal, a result other than a victory would condemn Al-Annabi (Les Bordeaux in Arabic) and it will therefore be necessary to be wary as Aliou Cissé explained. “It’s a very important game for both teams. In competitions of this level, from the moment you lose your first match, you are bound to have your back against the wall. (…) Football is about wins, draws and defeats. Since I’ve been here, we’ve had the chance to start all our competitions by winning the first match. Some of you reminded me of that. In Russia, we won our first match, the rest, you know ithe recalled before continuing. Today, I can understand that some doubt us, but what is important is that all the players I manage want to continue writing their story, writing it for our Senegalese supporters. Keep believing and praying for the team.”

On paper, a victory for Senegal does not seem impossible either, especially against a weak team from Qatar which is experiencing its first participation in the World Cup. The Senegalese workforce is largely cut out to beat its opponent of the day without shaking but once again, the World Cup is full of surprises. But Aliou Cissé should be able to count on the return Kouyaté, who was injured in the first match and who had been invaluable against the Netherlands but also Abdou Diallo. “Abdou Diallo resumed training yesterday. He feels very good. We hope that Cheikhou Kouyaté will also be ready … Ballo-Touré has resumed the race, but he will be unavailable for this match. Despite the few uncertainties, Senegal has no choice. A victory to continue to believe in it or a poor performance that would almost definitively bury the hopes of an entire people.

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Source: Foot Mercato : Info Transferts Football – Actu Foot Transfert by www.footmercato.net.

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