Renard: Atif’s absence will not affect the green
He said that multi-stars make it difficult for him to make choices before matches
Friday – 1 Dhu al-Qi’dah 1442 AH – 11 June 2021 AD Issue No. [
Renard during yesterday’s press conference (Asharq Al-Awsat)
Riyadh: Faris Al-Fazi
Renard spoke at the press conference, saying: “We are close to completing the preliminary qualifying stage, our performance is still good, and it is important that we stay at the same pace, because continuity is important, and our goal is to qualify for the next stage.”
He added, “Muhammad Al-Buraik will participate in the right-back position after Al-Ghanam participated in the last match, and I have good players in this position, and there is also Saud Abdul Hamid, a distinguished young player, and the diversity and distinction of options will make my task more difficult to choose the best.”
Regarding the absence of midfielder Abdullah Atif, he said: “A good chance is that he will be suspended so that he can take a break to be fully ready in the last match of the current stage, and of course we have a plan to rotate some players. As we are at the end of the sports season; It is important to manage it well, we have players with the quality of the main player, so the absence of Atif will not be effective.”
Regarding the attackers’ reluctance to score in the last match, he said: “The most beautiful thing in football is to score goals and achieve victories. The striker Saleh Al-Shehri was present in the last match by creating the goal scored by his colleague Fahd Al-Mawlid, on the other hand the striker was present in the last Palestine match With two goals, it does not matter who scores.”
Renard talked about the diversity of options, saying: “It is very good to have multiple options for players in the same position, which reflects positively on our levels.”
While the coach of the Singapore national team confirmed his team’s readiness for its next match against the national team in the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup. The coach of the Singapore national team, during his speech at the press conference on the match, said: “We seek to present a good level against the Saudi team.”
The coach of the Singapore national team concluded his statements by saying that his team played 5 previous matches against 5 different teams, but they were not lucky.
Al-Akhdar is looking for a new victory when it meets Singapore on Friday at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, in the fourth group competitions in the second round of the Asian qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and the 2023 Asian Cup in China.
The previous confrontation between the two teams witnessed a 3-0 victory for Saudi Arabia, and therefore he hopes to achieve a new victory before playing the match to decide the lead in the last round against Uzbekistan.
On the other hand, the Singaporean team seeks to appear better after suffering two consecutive losses against Palestine and Uzbekistan, where it conceded 9 goals.
And the previous matches of the Saudi national team witnessed a 2-2 draw with Yemen, before beating Singapore 3-0 and drawing with Palestine 0-0. Then it beat Uzbekistan 3-2, Palestine 5-0 and Yemen 3-0.
On the other hand, Singapore tied with Yemen 2-2, then beat Palestine 2-1, lost to Saudi Arabia 0-3, and against Uzbekistan 1-3, and beat Yemen 2-1 before losing to Palestine 0-4 and against Uzbekistan 0 – 5.
Al-Akhdar leads the group standings with 14 points from six matches, compared to 12 points for Uzbekistan, 7 from seven matches for Palestine and Singapore, and 5 from six matches for Yemen.
The last round of group competitions will be held next Tuesday, June 15, when Saudi Arabia will meet with Uzbekistan, and Palestine with Yemen.
The first place in each group qualifies for the final round of World Cup qualifiers, along with the four best second-placed teams in the eight groups. These teams also get the qualification for the 2023 Asian Cup finals in China.