April 15, 2024

Algeria: Belmadi says no

Algeria won the African Cup of Nations in 2019, but failed to retain the title two years later in a competition eventually won by Senegal. On the eve of the 2024 edition, Djamel Belmadi took stock of his team’s situation, putting their chances of success into perspective with those of the other potential candidates for final victory. And for the Algerian coach, his team is simply…

Algeria won the African Cup of Nations in 2019, but failed to retain the title two years later in a competition eventually won by Senegal. On the eve of the 2024 edition, Djamel Belmadi took stock of his team’s situation, putting their chances of success into perspective with those of the other potential candidates for final victory. And for the Algerian coach, his team is simply not one of the favorites.

Present c first round of the last CAN and you’ve told me that often enough. So, de facto, we’re not the favourites.

Optimism and a word of warning

The tactician made no secret of his optimism, however, with a word of warning for his players. I see a lot of similarities between our 2019 squad and the one we have now. But we’ll have to make common cause, be united and disciplined. […] The objective will never change: to go further and win. Algeria, in Group D