Salah Arrives In Russia With Egypt Squad For World Cup

The Pharaohs are making their first appearance in the tournament since 1990 and the forward believes they can achieve a remarkable feat in Russia

Mohamed Salah has hailed the team spirit instilled by Egypt manager Hector Cuper as one of the side's biggest strengths going into the World Cup. He also boasts the title of top scorer in Europe's top five leagues in 2018, and has become the fourth African player to score more than 20 goals in one season in the English Premier League.

Salah scored 10 goals in Liverpool FC's run to the Champions League final before he was forced off in the Kiev showpiece.

Horns blasted, snack-sellers hollered and chants of "Come Salah, Come Salah!" rang through the capital's stadium, crowded by thousands of fans keen to encourage their team ahead of their first World Cup appearance since 1990. "I think I've improved with him". I think now is the moment to be together and do something great.

"At the moment I only focus on the World Cup".

"I don't think our performance was flawless, far from it", said Belgium coach Roberto Martinez.

Saudi Arabia and hosts Russian Federation, who meet in the World Cup opener next Thursday, are the other teams in Egypt's group.

"I can not say what we're going to reach, but the players' ambitions are high and I hope we get a good result". Of course, you can then say "right, we've got there, that's that", but for me it's not like that.

"In my head, the pressure is to achieve something different from what we have done before".

"Could be, Spain or Portugal". I can't say one, but I like Costa a lot, when I played with him it was fantastic.

The 23-man playing squad, plus coach Juan Antonio Pizzi, his backroom staff and a Saudi Arabian Football Federation delegation led by president Adel Ezzat, landed at St. Petersburg's Pulkovo Airport on Saturday night after a near three-hour flight from Germany.

Gernot Rohr's Super Eagles had already lost 2-1 to England at Wembley last weekend, while the Czechs - who failed to qualify for the World Cup - had lost 4-0 to Australia in their previous friendly outing. I couldn't exactly tell you a match, but I did see games from my home in my town.



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