Lamouchi didn’t wish for Senegal
Ivory Coast coach Sabri Lamouchi has reacted to Monday’s World Cup qualifying draw that pitched his side against Senegal, saying he had never wanted to meet the Teranga Lions in the knockout phase.
Both sides met last year in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying, with the Elephants winning on a 6-2 aggregate, but the Senegalese outfit has changed coach and a couple of players since then.
“We knew the draw would be a difficult one for us, but now we had the worse,” Lamouchi said on Wednesday.
“We played Senegal just a year ago and I think they will be out for revenge against us. They know our team very well as much as we know them. And now, I have forgotten that we defeated them the last time we met because their team has changed. There is a new and a more experienced coach and youthful players as well.
“They would be coming to for revenge and that means it’s going to be a difficult task for us. However, we’ll endeavour to prepare very well for the two games. It’s true we have a great team but this draw is not a favourable one,” he said.
Ivory Coast will host the first leg on October 11 while the return leg will be played outside Senegal on November 15 following Fifa / Caf suspension on the Lions’ home ground in Dakar.