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The French tactician believes that the priority for the North Africans should be a good showing at the World Cup rather than an impressive run at next month’s continental showpiece.

Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has told Al Heddaf that the he hopes the Algerian national team does not have a good run at the upcoming African Cup of Nations in Angola so that they end up focusing more of their energy on doing well at the World Cup in South Africa next summer instead.

“I’m maybe going to surprise you when I say that I hope for an Algerian elimination as early as possible, at the first round of the CAN. It’s not because I don’t like Algeria but more so that they prepare better for World Cup,” he explained.\

“As a manager I can tell you that you can’t take part in two big tournaments in the space of six months. The CAN is now a big competition that brings together the best African teams with footballers playing in the biggest European clubs. They won’t be able to handle it, it’s very difficult.”

Houllier also added that if the players went far in the tournament that they would be exhausted once the World Cup came about because they will have played many matches in their respective championships and cups competitions as well.

“They’ll arrive at the World Cup fatigued. In fact, this is one of the main reasons why African teams don’t perform well at the event. You’ll see that for example South Africa, who are not going to be present in Angola, will have the time to properly prepare for this big rendez-vous. I think they will be able to make the second round,” he added.

Rami Ayari, Goal.com

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