Senegal will host Algeria in a friendly on September 12.Although the Algerians have a psychological advantage (5 wins from their last 5 matches), Djamel Belmadi believes it will be a big test for his team. The Algerian coach believes that the Senegalese will want to set the record straight and take their revenge after the final lost to the Fennecs in 2019 (1-0).
"Senegal are the reigning African champions. They just beat a very competitive Brazil at the last FIFA tournament. They are now, if I can put it like that, Africa's ogre. To travel there and play in front of their fans in what I imagine will be a packed stadium, with a team that will be pushing hard to beat us, because in 2019 we'll be beating them twice...If ever there was an opportunity for them to set the record straight, it's this match.For me, it's a big match.A big test for us", declared the Algerian coach, as relayed by La Gazzette du Fennec.
The Algerians will, however, be looking to widen the gap between themselves and the Lions of Teranga. "It's going to be a game with a lot of lessons for us. If we want to have objectives and ambitions at the next AFCON, we need to be capable of playing this kind of match", added Belmadi.
Belmadi voit le match amical contre le Sénégal d'une manière relativement différente par rapport à Aliou Cissé. Mais il a certainement raison. #TeamDZ #Belmadi #Verts #EN #Fennecs #CAN2019 #Mahrez #CAN2023https://t.co/m5KBSJrirL
— La Gazette du Fennec (@LGDFennec) September 4, 2023