Egypt coach Hector Cuper has rejected the suggestion that his side will struggle at the 2018 World Cup if Premier League star Mohamed Salah does not recover from injury.
The Liverpool attacker is a doubt for the Pharaohs’ opening group stage match against Uruguay on Friday as he continues to battle against the shoulder injury he sustained in the UEFA Champions League final last month.
Egypt’s Argentine coach is unfazed over the Salah situation, emphasising that his side’s strength is their collective play rather than any individual’s brilliance.
“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.
“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.”
Egypt’s clash with Uruguay at Yekaterinburg kicks off at 14h00 on Friday afternoon.