WORLD CUP FOCUS: Uruguay’s Diego Godin wary of Mohamed Salah

WORLD CUP FOCUS: Uruguay’s Diego Godin wary of Mohamed Salah
Liverpool's Mohamed Salah celebrates scoring

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Apr 06, 2018. 10:30

Mohamed Salah’s fine form in the English Premier League for Liverpool has led to many nations fearing Egypt as the 2018 FIFA World Cup fever builds-up.

Uruguay skipper Diego Godin has issued a warning to his teammates about the Pharaohs threat at the World Cup in Russia.

He also praised coach Hector Cuper and the Pharaohs' star Salah, saying the North Africans are a strong team.

Egypt and Uruguay are in group A in the 2018 World Cup alongside Saudi Arabia and hosts Russia. Egypt and Uruguay will meet on 15 June.

"Egypt are a strong team, they have a great coach, a player who is shining in England. They are a team to respect and because he is the first one, we need to pay special attention," Godin told Océano FM.

"We have to be cautious, build day by day, think first of how to beat Egypt, but the dream is to win the World Cup.

"I cannot say that we have a more important game than Egypt. It is true that Russia has a plus for being the home side, but it is the last game."

The 32-year-old Atlético Madrid defender stressed that stopping Salah is essential for his side in their attempt to win.

"I do not remember facing him, but a player who is scoring so many goals, who is at such a high level of confidence, is decisive for a team because he is a great striker. We will have to pay special attention, as a defense, in his movements," he added.

"But it's not just Salah, because as a team Egypt works well, is solid, tough and physically strong and has a great coach who gives them order and tactical discipline."

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