World Cup Qatar 2022: Aliou Cissé, DT of Senegal, recalled the defeat against Colombia, in Russia 2018

The selector of Senegal Aliou Cisseensured that the victory of Morocco against Belgium in the Qatar World Cup es “a source of inspiration” to face the decisive duel againstEcuador, in which they are required to win to move on in the competition.

“We have a very difficult rival, but victory is worth nothing to us, so we cannot speculate, we must win at all costs to continue the adventure. We respect Ecuador, but we have prepared the game well and we hope to win.”said the technician.

Cissé keeps in his memory the elimination in the first round four years ago in Russia after losing in the decisive match against Colombia, when a draw was enough for them to get the second classification in their history for the round of 16.

“In 2018 we could make calculations, not now. We will face an aggressive team that defends well. We are in the decisive games, but in terms of pressure and adrenaline it is one more game”said the African coach.

He remembered that that duel was gone “due to a lack of concentration” after a match they dominated and in which they got confused in a corner that allowed Colombia to score.

“Everything is played in details. The lesson of that game is that you have to stay focused. A game doesn’t last 45 or 50 minutes”said.

His team, he revealed, withstands the pressure well and faces the duel with serenity, with the feeling that they have prepared well for the clash.

Football is not war, nobody is going to die on the field, but it is a very important game for this generation that since 2020 has been doing extraordinary things and that we want to continue. We have to fight until the last minute, we can score at any time. We must not let the stakes block us,” she added.

“I come from a country that does not accept defeat, we like to win. Not qualifying would be difficult to digest”said.

Cissé, who was also a Senegalese international, analyzed the game of the Tri: “Ecuador’s main quality is that it is very physical, that it concedes few chances and goals, that it seeks many options to score. We have to defend well and be able to be decisive in attack. We are obliged to mark.

Senegal and Ecuador will face each other this Tuesday, November 29 at 10 in the morning in the search for a place in the Round of 16 of the World Cup in Qatar 2022. The Senegalese are third with 3 points and need a victory, while the South Americans are seconds with 4 and a tie will suffice to pass the round.



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