Algeria coach Rabah Saadane knows he needs more from his goal-shy attack if they are to avoid exiting the FIFA World Cup™ against the United States tomorrow. However, Saadane looks set to keep faith with the same side that played out a scoreless draw against England in their last match.
The Desert Foxes go into tomorrow's clash in Pretoria lying bottom of Group C but still with a chance of progressing through to the last 16 with all four teams within three points of each other. Saadane's side began their competition with a 1-0 defeat to Slovenia, conceding a goal 11 minutes from time, but they bounced back from the disappointment in impressive fashion by holding star-studded England to a 0-0 draw in Cape Town.
And it seems as though Saadane will stick with the same side against the Americans, even though to have any chance of getting into the knockout stages they need to do something they have not managed yet - score a goal.
"About the make up of the team, we have two options," he said. "The first one, which is the most plausible, is that I will use the team that gave a good performance [against England]. The second is to perhaps make a change, which would be among the forwards. We will do all we can to pick the best team to take on the United States. We will try to do our best and try to do even better than we did against England to get a good result."
We have a great future ahead of us.
Saadane also defended his side's strikeforce, but admitted they needed to do more in the final third of the pitch. "I think we are at a good level," he added. "We have a great future ahead of us, we have young players who can achieve great results. This is the first chance for them to play in the World Cup. We are looking forward to having more efficiency in attack."
With all fours teams in Group C still having a chance to get through, it is set to be a tense final round of fixtures. Algeria are the outsiders but they know they will progress if they can record a two-goal victory over the USA. If that does not happen and they only win by a one-goal margin, then the north Africans, who last featured at the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico, will need a helping hand from the other game between Slovenia and England.
Saadane said: "I think it is a very difficult group. England were the favourites and now we are all sort of in the same boat. We have our destiny in our hands, we count on ourselves first and foremost and we will try to do our best to win our game and not focus on the the other match."
Regarding opponents the United States, who have fought back from deficits to draw both their games so far, Saadane admits he has been impressed by Bob Bradley's side and believes their experience of playing in South Africa last year for the FIFA Confederations Cup has served them well.
"It is clear that the United States were fortunate to play the Confederations Cup last year and they are use to the altitude conditions. They are very well prepared, we can see that," he said. "Slovenia were leading 2-0 and they managed to make a comeback. Their level of fitness is high. I think it's going to be a great match.
"We know what we have to do on our side. We also have our capabilities and weapons for this game."