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Saudi Coach Pizzi: We Must Change Tactics After Russia Defeat

Saudi Coach Pizzi: We Must Change Tactics After Russia Defeat

Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has admitted that he must make changes but expressed confidence that his side can bounce back from their 2018 FIFA World Cup opening game 5-0 thrashing in the hands of hosts Russia on Thursday.

Despite their poor run during their pre-World Cup games, Russia put up a five-star performance at the Luzhniki  Stadium in Moscow with the massive win.

Reacting to his team’s defeat Pizzi, sounded optimistic the result will not affect subsequent games.

“It was a tough game and we suffered a big and unexpected defeat,” Pizzi said in his post-match press conference.

“Russia did very well, while we did not appear to be in good shape. I don’t believe that the opposing team has done anything to surprise us – I think that a poor performance explains the result.

“As for our strategy, we must change. We have to forget about it now and think of the next match. I have confidence in these players.”

Saudi’s next game is against Uruguay on Wednesday.

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