Liberia-Côte d'Ivoire in Monrovia today /Ivorian Coach Michel Dussuyer: "it will be a match of men"
Michel Dussuyer (photo), new coach of Ivory Coast Elephants was officially presented to the press this Monday, July 27, 2015 in Abidjan.
At the end of the workout Wednesday and before starting his team to Monrovia early in the evening , the coach gave an idea of what will be Liberia Ivory match today in Monrovia.
In the first leg of the second round of qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Ivorian Elephants will face today in Monrovia, Liberian Stars Lone.
Before this clash, Michel Dussuyer warned his boys on the big battle that awaits them on this occasion.
"The main target will first meet the enemy in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. We'll have to be rigorous, present answer, because it will be a men's match, "warned Dussuyer.
He also said to expect a difficult match against a team in a good momentum after his victory over Tunisia in qualifying for the Can, 2017 (2-1). "It will be a difficult match in a small stadium turf with a hot public behind his team.
Liberia has everything to gain and there's a lot of motivation among them. It will be difficult, "added the French coach.
When, referring to his experience with the Syli National of Guinea, said it was difficult to travel in Africa, but in the context of Liberia-Côte d'Ivoire match tomorrow, it could be even more complicated. Asked about injury cascade that could weaken its formation, Michel Dussuyer was very philosophical.
He Indicated that no one could go against fate. Nevertheless, he keeps hope of recovering the central defender Eric Bailly should undergo MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) yesterday, and which should therefore missed the clash in Monrovia. As for Bony Wilfried Thomas Touré and Michel Dussuyer has quietly advised to wait for the results to decide.
Michel Dussuyer who denounced the state of the stadium Felix Houphouet-Boigny, after the international friendly match which had pitted the local selections of Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon, on 11 October in Abidjan, estimated after yesterday's session, we can always do better, even though progress has been made.
The game today in Monrovia against Liberia will be a tough one. the Elephants that will have to play under the hot sun, in both legs, while most play in Europe, under a warmer climate, are already taking precautions.
Thus workout yesterday, took place under a blazing sun. One way to get already in the bath. Note that the round trip between the two countries is Tuesday 17 November at the Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny, 14 h.
The winner of the tie will qualify for the group stage, after which the first of each group will qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. This shows the importance of todays first leg in Monrovia. Patrice Beke