Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi praised his gamers’ efficiency within the 1-1 pleasant draw with Tunisia on Tuesday as a part of preparations for the African Cup of Nations, however mentioned his group missed the chance to win an Arab derby.
Belmadi mentioned in a press convention after the match: The match we performed in opposition to Tunisia was a preparatory occasion for the World Cup and African Cup qualifiers, and we needed to place the gamers in such troublesome circumstances. No time to waste. We await the upcoming matches and focus so much on dealing with the highest 10 groups in Africa. We attempt to current lovely matches within the coming dates, in preparation for the upcoming challenges.
Algeria and Tunisia secured qualification for the African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast early subsequent 12 months.
Relating to his response to criticism from some events, Belmadi mentioned: Everybody has the correct to criticize, however he should see the degrees of different groups, particularly those who certified for the African Cup. I invite you to be smart. Keep away from random and empty speak. For instance, I hear plenty of discuss pumping new blood and different issues. You must watch out about altering the squad. I can not change the lineup an excessive amount of.
Belmadi entered right into a skirmish with Tunisian defender Talbi, and about among the altercations that occurred throughout the assembly between the 2 groups, Belmadi mentioned: I’m sorry for the response. That is how the Maghreb (summit matches) are. It’s true that it’s a pleasant match, however we entered right into a considerably formal ambiance. Tunisia has experience and expertise, and it’s a World Cup group that’s no much less necessary than different groups. We made some errors in opposition to a tactically and bodily sturdy group. We made errors within the first half, however we corrected issues within the second half and managed the entire half. We had been in a position to win and rating different targets.