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World Cup 2022: for Senegal, life without Sadio Mane begins against the Netherlands

World Cup 2022: for Senegal, life without Sadio Mane begins against the Netherlands

World Cup 2022: for Senegal, life without Sadio Mane begins against the Netherlands

Senegal did not become a bad team after the departure of Sadio Mane. In many ways, he is even still the favorite to qualify in the group, where after the Netherlands they face on Monday (17:00, Al-Tumama stadium), the race for second place promises to be open. But, of course, the removal of Karim Benzema’s dolphin for the 2022 Ballon d’Or is news that the Lions of Teranga would do just fine without.

With Mane, the Senegalese lost not only the leader in the dressing room, but also the technical leader on the field, the main (but not the only) attacking weapon in Aliou Cisse’s 4-2-3-1 formation. Since the beginning of 2022, Sadio Mane has played all but one of Senegal’s matches and has become the top scorer (8 goals). “This is certainly comparable to Lionel Messi in Argentina, Neymar in Brazil or Cristiano Ronaldo in Portugal,” Edouard Mendy compared in an interview with the German site Wettbasis. Everything is at his feet. “At a press conference this Saturday, Nampalis Mendy summed up: “It is partly because of him that we are here. »

“We have lost a great leader, we will miss his quality as a world class player on the pitch, but I think there will be other players who will prove themselves, wanted to temper Calida Koulibaly, Chelsea center back and another very big name of this Senegalese team , at a press conference. We will have to be ready, to take on more responsibility. It will be an opportunity for others to show themselves. You have to play for Sadio, do everything well. He really wanted to play in this World Cup. »


After days of hesitation, young Anderlecht player Moussa Ndiaye (20) was finally called up this Saturday by Aliou Cisse. On the left, he officially compensates Sadio Mane’s refusal, the latest authorized changes to the lists are medical, but also prevents the possible exclusion, administrative, of Ismail Jacobs, whose change of sporting nationality (from Germany, his mother’s country, in Senegal – his father’s name) has not yet been confirmed by FIFA .

In addition, Senegal will have to deal with an already existing offensive force. It is logical that the right flank and axis of attack should be occupied by Ismaila Sarr and Boulaye Dia. Otherwise, depending on the system chosen by Cissé, Crépin Diatta (Monaco) and Bamba Dieng (Marseille) or Nicolas Jackson (Villarreal) should share one or two remaining positions. In short, Aliou Cisse will have to find the right formula to forget about the absence of his best player as much as possible.

“Our team is there,” the coach assured at a press conference this Sunday. We have already played games without Sadio Mane, albeit not on this scale. But the mood is good, and I believe that the guys will cope with the task. “With regard to Edouard Mendy, without him we are perhaps more unpredictable in terms of play, but still weaker. He is simply irreplaceable. »

Source: Le Parisien

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