A BOLA – After winning against Portugal, former player Fernando Santos told A BOLA: “We are experiencing something historic, I can’t predict what will occur” (Morocco)

Aziz Bouderbala, who’s now 61 years outdated, was in Qatar to observe the match between Morocco and Portugal, watching the North African workforce inflict a brand new nightmare on the nationwide colours, imitating the heroes in 1986, then this former winger was a part of the squad. The ability of the Moroccan in Mexico, with the presence of the spherical of 16, was enormously surpassed by Qatar and all of Africa rejoiced within the first workforce of the continent within the semi-last of the World Cup.

Bouderbala, Al Jazeera commentator, thought-about probably the greatest wings of the 1986 World Cup, as a part of a fearsome assault with Timouni and Krimau, spoke to A BOLA the day after the disastrous results of Portugal, who additionally remembers his time in Estoril in 1992 / 93 when he was skilled, exactly, by Fernando Santos.

“This is a singular second for me and all of the Moroccans, in fact it’s! Also for all of the Arabs, who assist us on this World Cup. We requested a number of questions firstly of the sport, because of accidents to the primary gamers, figuring out that we will face a workforce with spectacular attacking high quality, probably the greatest on this planet, with out forgetting João Cancelo, probably the greatest full-backs in European soccer», shared Bouderbala, conscious of the deserves of the workforce coached by Woalid Regragui.

“We had a number of considerations within the Portuguese recreation for its selection and precision. We lived the primary half with extra calmness, scored a priceless purpose to finish the primary 45 minutes. But we had been afraid of the response of Portugal, how will it change, if with Ronaldo, instantly. And in addition to there may be all of the emotional strain in Morocco», added the former striker, who lives within the United States

“How can we stand, we ask ourselves! We know all the trouble made three days earlier than in Spain. We are very afraid that the selection will present fatigue, that it will be seen in lack of stability and lack of balls. However, taking a look at issues, the workforce remained very calm, calm and, on the identical time, didn’t cease to proceed, attacking the ball provider. The workforce tried to play and design counterattacks, which was the important thing to the sport. It is just not simple however there’s a nice want, some extraordinary moments and due to this fact we are experiencing something historic. I can’t predict something that may occur», he trusted, not daring to make a prediction for the semi-finals against France, a rustic with deep connections with Morocco, that Bouderbala himself performs for Lyon for a few years. In Mexico 1986 he was a star for Swiss facet Sion.

«In 1986 we had been in a really troublesome group, you would name it the group of dying with Poland, England and Portugal. The final match was against Portugal, after two attracts. We had a fantastic recreation in Guadalajara. A superb recreation, as a result of the Portuguese workforce could be very sturdy and has distinctive gamers. This is the primary success of an African nation, it’s the first time that an Arab and African nation has certified for the second spherical and because the first within the group. They had been intense and unforgettable days », remembers the Moroccan, leaping to 2022… and to a hit with the good endorsement of coach Regragui.

“Morocco has ready properly for all of the World Cup video games, not simply Portugal. Our match against Croatia was superb, regardless of the dominance of the world runner-up. With Belgium, a opponent with a excessive rating in Europe, the gamers are superb. We are packed for Canada, the preparation is completed slowly. From Portugal we particularly noticed the sport against Switzerland, a fantastic efficiency and with an incredible that younger man who scored three objectives. But Morocco has a marked type, in response to its qualities. And it really works. It works, in a method, very properly. Our protection is manufactured from metal, one of the best within the World Cup», he praised, beating the document of a purpose scored in 5 video games. The technician’s mark was praised, after the fast substitute of Vahid Halilhodzic.

“He took the choice two months earlier than and this job is big. He boosted morale, boosted motivation, observed the expertise of many gamers who play for giant golf equipment in Europe. He performed the playing cards that he can. There are no miracles, there may be a unprecedented work», emphasised Bouderbala, not forgetting to return to his previous in Portugal, within the 1992/1993 season.

“I actually labored with Fernando Santos and he did his method. I suppose he advanced properly, he gained a European title. It’s an enormous job, he is first within the choice with benefit. This World Cup didn’t work for him however Portugal has nice potential in its gamers, it has turn out to be probably the greatest groups in Europe with superb athletes. They are nonetheless younger and Portugal doesn’t cease producing expertise. I want from the underside of my coronary heart all one of the best for Portugal», he concluded.


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