Key player (Egypt)

Sportstar - - GROUP A -

Mo­hamed Salah

Get­ting the ball to Salah and hop­ing for him to weave his magic will be Egypt’s only tac­tic. Salah gen­er­ally starts on the right, but he could be brought in­side if Cu­per feels he could be marginalised. A free cen­tral role, de­void of any de­fen­sive re­spon­si­bil­ity, can al­low him to roam and drift into pock­ets of space more eas­ily. It is likely that Salah may not be risked against Uruguay in the opener. But against Rus­sia and Saudi Ara­bia, he will be rar­ing to go.

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