Lucas Alcaráz: « My Objective Is To Lead The Greens of Algeria To Semi-Finals of CAN 2019 »

date 2017/04/19 views 447 comments 0

icon-writer By : Ali Bahlouli /*/ English Version : Med.B.

Spaniard coach Lucas Alcaraz says he wants to integrate his ideas with those of the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) and not impose anything on the Algeria football squad.

Lucas Alcaraz has been outlining his vision as new Algeria head coach at his first public appearance at the Sidi Moussa national sports center on the outskirts of Algiers, since being named.
The Spaniard was appointed last Thursday just three days after being sacked by Spanish Granada’s club.
He has signed a two-year contract with the Algerian Football Federation (FAF) and he’s aiming to reach the last four of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
"We haven't come here to impose our way of doing things we want to integrate our ideas," he told reporters.
The 50-year-old becomes Algeria's fourth full-time coach in the last 13 months and dismissed talk about his lack of international experience.
"Before coaching in La Liga I didn't have any experience either. I have never run a national team but I'm not scared," he said.
"Every nation's football has its own qualities. We are are going to bring our ideas while we learn about Algerian football.
"I am not hard, I am not soft, I am rigorous, I give and I demand.
"I am going to analyse the needs of the team before I chose the player.
"Our duty is to see all Algerian players wherever they come from. Our choice will be made according to their form », he underscored.
He replaces Belgian Georges Leekens who quit after Algeria were eliminated from the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations at the group stage.
Christian Gourcuff resigned as coach in April 2016 to be replaced by Milovan Rajevac who quit after just two games.
Algeria are aiming to reach a third straight World Cup but are bottom of their qualifying group with a single point from two matches.
The Desert Foxes of Algeria  are five points behind leaders Nigeria and their next games are home and away against Zambia, who also have one point.
Only the winners of Group B will play the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
"As for the World Cup, the situation is complicated but we will fight in every match," he said.
Alcaraz's first competitive match in charge will be against visiting Togo in June when Algeria begin their qualifying campaign for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Benin and The Gambia are the other two teams in Group D, with only the pool winners guaranteed a place at the finals to be hosted in 2019 by Cameroon.

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