'Egypt not Mohamed Salah’s national team', says Hector Cuper

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The winger is in a race against time to be fit for the Pharaoh’s opening tie and the gaffer is upbeat that the team can impress without the forward

Egypt manager Hector Cuper has said that the team does not depend solely on Mohamed Salah.

The Pharaohs open their World Cup campaign with Uruguay on Friday at the Ekaterinburg Arena and the availability of the Liverpool goal poacher is in doubt as he is still recovering from the injury he picked up during the Reds’ Champions League final with Real Madrid.

However, the Argentine tactician is unfazed with the possibility of missing the influential forward in the tie as he hinges the hope of the north Africans on the entire team.

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“We’re not Mohamed Salah’s national team, this team has many players who cooperate with each other to reach the best results,” Cuper told MBC Masr TV channel as per Kingfut.

“Egypt is lucky that this generation has one of the best players in the world but our tactics don’t solely revolve around him.

“Argentina also has Lionel Messi, can we tell them not to play him? This doesn’t happen.

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“I understand that the fans sometimes prefer things to be done in a different way and like when Salah performs well, a goalkeeper or a defender can save us from a dangerous opportunity and there is a midfielder that can run a lot for the benefit of the team.

“The most important thing is that the team finds a good balance in its performance.”

After their encounter with Oscar Tabarez’s men, they face host country Russia four days later before their tie with Saudi Arabia as they hope to make an impact in their first appearance in the global tournament since 1990.

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