On the eve of its quarterfinal of CAN-2019 against the all-powerful Senegal, Benin dreams of creating once again the surprise. A goal achievable if the group remains committed to its values, assured France 24 his coach Michel Dussuyer.
Former coach of Guinea and Ivory Coast, Michel Dussuyer performs his second term as a technician in Benin, having taken the head of the team ten years ago, between 2008 and 2010. "Comeback" winner, since the French led his group to the quarter-finals of CAN-2019, a stadium of the competition he had never reached before. At 24 hours of the most important match in the history of Benin in the African Cup, he answered questions from France 24.
la France 24: You are a few hours away from the first quarter-final in Benin history, against Senegal, who is presented as one of the favorites of this African Cup. What did you tell your players before this meeting?
Michel Dussuyer : I talked about moral virtues, mental strength, discipline in the game organization. I think these are ingredients that are essential for us to raise our level and compete with the big teams. But I have a wonderful group that listens and works. It will again put these qualities there in the service of the team for tomorrow's match (today, Wednesday, July 10, Ed), because we know that in terms of potential, Senegal is superior to us.
Reaching the quarter-finals is already a historic achievement for Benin. Having written one of the most beautiful pages in history, this is surely not trivial for you …
For me as for all the players and all the technical staff, it is necessarily a pride. When we manage to unleash a movement like this one, with the whole Beninese population, to bring pride and joy to people, it is something inestimable. We are obviously very happy with that.
Play a round of 16 and then play a quarterfinal, these are necessarily new situations for your players. How do we prepare these chop dates?
These are knockout matches so there is no need to calculate. After, it's a challenge for us, because in front, it's one of the great African football, a title contender. It's up to us to preserve our virtues. We had a good time to tackle this game. We know that now, the surprise effect counts a little less. What is certain however is that we expect no matter what happens to a big game.
(tagsToTranslate) Sports (t) Benin (t) CAN-2019 (t) Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) (t) Football (t) Morocco (t) Senegal