The offensive animation is a building site for this World Cup
” admitted Aliou Cissé.
The coach saw his attackers come up against the Dutch goalkeeper, Andries Noppert, surprise and brilliant holder for his first selection in the Netherlands cages.
Cissé however almost launched all his arrows against the Orange, without success.
Bamba Dieng and Nicolas Jackson came into play, to take over from Krépin Diatta and Boulaye Dia and assist Ismaïla Sarr, who inherited the difficult role of playmaker after Mané's withdrawal.
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The Senegalese coach still has Iliman Ndiaye and Famara Diédhiou in reserve, to try to unlock his team, but against the Netherlands, his Lions circled around the defense without scoring.
They are dry, they who had scored in their first match in 2002 (seven goals in all) and in 2018 (four goals).
Football is all about efficiency
,” says Cissé, “
when you don't score, you can't win.
We will work on it
We had a lot of striking situations where we could have done better
,” admits Boulaye Dia, aligned at the forefront and not served enough.
Former international Henri Camara was more critical in the Senegalese newspaper L'Obs.
The attackers did not give me satisfaction
", writes the author of the two goals against Sweden in the round of 16 in 2002, the greatest result of Senegal before the victory at the CAN last February in the final against Egypt (0-0, 4 tabs to 2).
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With the absence of Sadio Mané, I expected that someone of them, in particular Ismaïla Sarr, could go up to guide his people, but nothing
", added the former Sedan striker, in the north-eastern France (2001-2003).
There has always been this burst of pride in the den in the absence of the leader.
When (El-Hadji) Diouf was not there, I took my responsibilities.
For this first World Cup match, I did not see anyone taking any risks
, ”insists Camara.
However, it is necessary "
" to play without Mané "
and not to cry all the time over his absence
Ismaïla must take more confidence and responsibility.
He also needs to be helped by his staff.
A leader, we prepare him.
We install him in his costume, in psychological comfort
, ”concludes Camara.
The Lions still have reason to hope for a brighter near future.
Qatar showed their weaknesses against Ecuador (2-0), defending feverishly and creating only one chance, even if the "
" (Garnets) promised that the world had not seen their true level in the opening game.
The match against Qatar will be a turning point for Senegal
", assures Aliou Cissé, and his captain Kalidou Koulibaly awaits "
a final against Qatar to play another final against Ecuador
But to win a final, you have to score.