Senegal firmly believes in it. Against England this Sunday (8pm), on the occasion of the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup, the Lions are convinced of the idea of being able to defeat the Three Lions who act as favorites in this beautiful poster in Qatar. After suffering the blow of Sadio Mané’s withdrawal from the competition, the Senegalese were able to recover from their opening defeat against the Netherlands to beat Qatar and then Ecuador to finish second in Group A. Attending the pre-match press conference this Saturday in the absence of Aliou Cissé, slightly ill, the assistant coach of this committee, Régis Bogaert, set the framework for the current state of mind prevailing in the lions.
“In our head we say Senegal will beat Englandlaunched the 61-year-old Frenchman before explaining himself. The African teams sent a strong message, Cameroon can beat Brazil and Tunisia can beat France. In our head we say Senegal will beat England. We are quite calm, little by little the excitement comes from the game. But the best way to prepare is to stay calm, peaceful, focused on the goal, which is to pass this round of 16. Some of our players have experience playing regularly against the players we face tomorrow, I hope it will help us. We discussed with them. And it’s good, they are leaders of our team (Kalidou Koulibaly or Édouard Mendy from Chelsea). This allowed us to understand certain things and identify very precise characteristics of certain opponents. » It remains to be seen whether this Senegal will be able to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup, which has only happened once, in 2002.