As Algeria tries to spring an upset on Belgium — they lead 1-0 early — the Internet is still buzzing from the remarks of head coach Vahid Halilhodzic, who came ready to speak openly and honestly about his team and their opponents.
The 61-year-old Halilhodzic had the press corps all tingly by providing actual quote fodder during his prematch press conference for Algeria’s World Cup opener against Belgium.
Here’s the Algerian boss sharing his thoughts on getting through the Belgian back line.
“Ok, let’s just say their defenders are no Ferraris but the same goes for ours. Belgium have exceptional qualities and it has been said this is their best ever team,” he said.
“We are going to suffer that we know already. We will suffer on all levels and I tell my boys that their suffering has to be at the highest level if you want to achieve something.”
The coach was in good spirits, answering question after question before tournament officials repeatedly tried to end the news conference. He said Algeria could potentially stage another upset, similar to their biggest World Cup moment when they beat what was then West Germany at the 1982 World Cup.
“I know this is part of our past but we must see where we stand. I compare that kind of match then with the match against Belgium,” he said.
He also reference US president Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” slogan in an effort to describe their potential to spring a number of upsets, as well as described himself as the “most criticized man in Algeria.”