We have to be solid at the back, Djamel Belmadi

Soccer Football - Africa Cup of Nations 2019 - Group C - Senegal v Algeria - 30 June Stadium, Cairo, Egypt - June 27, 2019 Algeria coach Djamel Belmadi during the match REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

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Cote d’Ivoire is one of the favorites of this competition and has an AFCON past with two titles. I do not fit into the aspects of favorite. We will not worry, but the most important thing is to be solidly defensive so as not to cash in. To my players, I will say distrust and confidence and we will not complain about not having a goal and for that, you have to be solid. There is no concern if we cash the first goal as our team has the mental resources to return.

Hicham Boudaoui (Midfielder, Algeria)

I am satisfied with the course of our team even though I do not hold. Playing against Ivory Coast is a pride. And this encourages us to always do better against these experienced teams. We have the desire and the will to beat the Ivory Coast to qualify us. Our coach is doing a very good job while not making any difference between it and it is who makes it the esteem of the players.

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