Cameroon – Russia 2017: “the match against Australia will be totally different from last Sunday” – Hugo Broos

Written by Gisele Alba

The coach of the Indomitable Lions was in front of the international press Wednesday June 21, 2017 in St Petersburg to talk about the meeting of Thursday, June 22, 2017, Cameroon VS Australia. He insists on knowing a better start of the match and taking advantage of opportunities no matter who’s the scorer.

“We had a good game against Chile, except for the first twenty minutes. Perhaps the difficulties due to the climate, since we made our preparation in a hot climate. For the game against Australia we expect to see players having a lot of enthusiasm and fighting spirit. We are going to play a very tough team that will propose a different style of play than what we had with Chile. It’s a good team but we have to be at our best. We want to beat them, we have to beat them to keep our chances of going to the second round, because in case of defeat, it’s over for us. We know what we have to do even if we recognize that it will be a very difficult match. We played well against Chile, but we took the first goal. We have also taken a great deal of risk in seeking equalization. But the energy debauchery of the first half did not help my players who conceded a 2nd goal. Which is deplorable. But we know that the two games ahead, we have to win, we want to win whatever the outcome.

For this match we will discover for the first time the stadium, I know it is a very beautiful stadium. This could be a motivational source for players to play in such a stage. It was a long time ago (it was in the 80s) that I played here against Zenith St Petersburg. I still remember the stadium that has nothing to do with today. We had lost on the way back and forth, we reversed the steam to qualify. But I keep a good memory of the city for the beauty of its buildings, although I am not a big fan of painting and the like.

It is true that our goals are not much inscribed by the attackers. With us, the most important is only the goal, but that the goal be scored. If you have a team with several players capable of scoring, it is always more dangerous for the opponent. I hope that we will score many goals against Australia, no matter who scored. I think tomorrow’s game will be totally different from last Sunday. I hope that we will have a better start than against Chile, we must dominate at the start of the game. If there’s something I want to see better, that’s the first 20 minutes.

We will have two different game styles. Australia has an English style with very good and enthusiastic players. If we let them speak, we will have a lot of difficulties. But our football is different. It is more direct. I think there’s a very big difference between the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCON) and the Confederations Cup. The AfCON was with the African teams, here we play against the champions of other continents who have another way of playing. For our team, it’s a great experience. Participating in this kind of tournament is already a good thing; In addition, playing each time with a team that has different style, it enriches our young group. I am happy for my team who had a good game against Chile, and I hope that it will be confirmed in the next two games and will allow us to pass to the second round. On the other hand, if we present the same spirit, the same way of playing as against Chile and we are not qualified for the semi-finals, I will not be disappointed. I’m already nervous twice, first in Moscow where we arrived with an hour late to the stadium because of the traffic. In St Petersburg, it seems that there is also a lot of bottling. So the discomforts that arise are not our fault. The organizing committee must review its way of transporting the teams from the hotel to the stadium.”


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