CAN – Morocco – Halilhodzic attacks journalists: “Continue to criticize Vahid”

With Vahid Halilhodzic, even when everything is going well, you are never really safe from a scathing exit. Morocco completed the group stage in first place in their group on Tuesday. Everything is going well for the Atlas Lions. But the former coach of Nantes took advantage of the draw conceded against Gabon (2-2) and without consequence in the classification, to settle accounts with the Moroccan press in a big number of which he has the secret. “I changed a lot, maybe it’s Vahid’s fault that we didn’t win, I lost my bet but reached the goal, to finish first, he first pretended to inflict himself. And I wanted to give playing time to a lot of players, it allowed me to have feedback on almost all my players.”

After regretting the lack of efficiency of his men following the victory against the Comoros (2-0) or attacking CAF earlier in the week, the former PSG coach was again offensive: “Am I making mistakes? Presumably, yes. Afterwards, you’ve been waiting for this for two and a half years, it’s good for you, otherwise you wouldn’t be happy. Keep criticizing Vahid, no problem, it doesn’t bother me at all, tonight I’m going to sleep well. If you don’t criticize me, I’m going to worry. I sleep well, I eat well, I even lost a little weight. That’s how it is when you manage a squad of 28 players.To understand Halilhodzic’s resentment, it should be remembered that he maintains very tense relations with Moroccan journalists.

Selim Amallah et Achraf Hakimi / Maroc – Comores

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