Algeria coach Rabah Saadane is remaining tight-lipped over his tactical approach to his side's FIFA World Cup™ opener against Slovenia in nine days' time. The north Africans face the European outsiders in Polokwane on 13 June, before coming up against their tougher opponents in Group C - England and then the United States.
Algeria face one final warm-up game against United Arab Emirates in Germany tomorrow, when they will be desperate to end a four-match losing streak. But Saadane said: "All the teams have by now had three weeks or so of preparations. If you look at the results of some of the other African teams, such as Ghana and Cameroon, they have also failed in warm-up games. So, the result of a friendly match is not important, as some think. All I can say is that the team will be ready for the World Cup."
When you go to war, you never tell the enemy your plans.
Asked about his plans for the clash with Slovenia, he continued: "The 11 players that will start are in my head. But when you go to war, you never tell the enemy your plans. So, it's the same for me. All I can say is that I know the 11."
The Algerians have been troubled by injuries in the build-up to the tournament, losing one of their star players, Mourad Meghni, to a knee injury while other important players, such as Madjid Bougherra, Hassan Yebda and Carl Medjani have been struggling with niggles. But ahead of the game with UAE, Saadane added: "I will not take any risk with the injured players."