IRN: Opportunity to try new things

At the end of the training camp in June 2022, the national team traveled to Qatar to meet Iran in a friendly match.

If the path wasn’t there, Algeria have already delivered the bare minimum for a number of reasons: by defeating Uganda (2-0) and Tanzania (0-2), the Greens have already grasped a serious option to qualify for the 2023 African Cup of Nations .

In its final match of the 2021-2022 season, EN will face Iran, who have qualified for the 2022 World Cup, in the same Qatar where they prepared earlier. With an impeccable pitch and more comfortable playing conditions than in Tanzania, Djamel Belmadi’s squad will have to try new things to avoid repeating the mistakes of the past.

In fact, during the qualifiers for the CAN2021 (postponed to 2022), the EN had received first place from day 4. The 5th and 6th days, which were therefore not intended to establish Algeria’s presence in CAN, could have allowed important tests to be carried out, as could the friendly matches that followed (against Mali in particular). June.

The chance to take risks?

Djamel Belmadi, who wanted to establish group dynamics and not neglect any meetings, had retained his 11th type and repeatedly replied in a press conference that “Every game has a stake“. This obviously understandable logic nevertheless had a detrimental effect on an Algeria that did not have that many alternatives, both in terms of players and in the game, and had to suffer on several occasions (Mali, Burkina Faso twice) before experiencing serious disappointments in Cameroon and against Cameroon.

If the Algeria of June 2022 is not that of 2021, much as there is a need for reconstruction, for serenity and margin, it will still be necessary to try, if only to find a base as broad as enduring, too if it means failure. You learn to ride a bike by falling!

Djamel Belmadi has already announced that there will be no 5 players: Boudaoui and Bendebka are injured while M’Bolhi, Mandi and Slimani are rested. Faced with a very difficult squad to handle and knowing the coach’s desire to build continuity without angering or questioning everything, the Greens’ starting XI could look like this:

Zeghba – Benayada – Tougaï – Touba – Hamache – Bennacer – Zerrouki – Kadri – Ounas – Amoura – Belaïli

Renew again and again

This game, which doesn’t have a big impact on the future of the Greens (the unbeaten streak is now down to two games while the friendlies don’t add a lot of points in the FIFA rankings), should also be the opportunity to start some. Of the seven newcomers to EN, five (Mandréa, Zedadka, Hamache, Kadri, Omrani) have not played a single minute in the shirt of the two-time African champions.

The new internationals, who started under good conditions (no competitive game pressure, game behind closed doors, quality grass), were able to show what they can do with the selection. Likewise, Benayad and Brahimi, who are officially senior internationals, should get some playing time.

The Algeria-Iran friendly kicks off tonight at 19:00 Algiers time (20:00 France, 21:00 local time) at the Qatar SC Stadium in Doha.


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