Belmadi, the architect of success: failures and strategy in approaching the 2024 African Cup of Nations
Algeria Football: On the eve of the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, Djamel Belmadi, captain of the national team, presents his tactical ideas in a press conference. Between positive results and persistent questions, dive into the tactical choices of the coach facing the complex chessboard of international football.
Characters speaking: positive evaluation, tactical questions
Since March 2022, the national team, led by Djamel Belmadi, has achieved a remarkable record: only one defeat in 15 matches, with 10 victories and 4 draws. A strong run has seen the Foxes measure themselves against the best, recording two wins and two draws against the top 5 CAF FIFA teams. Despite these performances, questions remain about the team’s playing system and tactical management.
The eternal dilemma: consistency in diversity of talent
Two months before the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, Belmadi finds himself facing a thorny dilemma: choosing the starting lineup from a large pool of talent. If there are too many options at each position, the coach’s job will not be simplified. He goes back to previous criticism, recalling that selections like Guedioura and Bennacer raised questions, but paid off during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Tactics, a chessboard complicated by perception
Belmadi, who has been criticized by some for his preference for a 4-3-3 formation, defends himself by emphasizing the subtlety of tactical nuances. He discusses the difference between 4-3-3 and 4-1-4-1, stressing that understanding the system goes beyond clear lines. The Algerian coach even quotes Jurgen Klopp as saying that consistency in the tactical plan can lead to success, even if the player profiles differ from the game.
The assertive middle: a solution to the puzzle
The injury of Bennacer, the mainstay of the midfield, raised doubts at first. However, the trio of Feghouli, Zarrougui and Chaaibi convinced them during the recent matches against Senegal and Egypt. Defensive solidity and team cohesion prove that Belmadi appears to have found a balance. Despite the multiple options, Ben Taleb’s return may pose an additional challenge.
New dice: Awar, Gomorrah, Al-Juwairi, playing cards
Belmadi also introduces newcomers such as Houssem Aouar, Mohamed Amin Amoura and Amine Al-Jouiri. Realizing that the adaptation process is underway, the coach says he is doing his best to quickly integrate these talents into the team. The course of November, which witnesses confrontations against Somalia and Mozambique, promises noticeable changes. Belmadi announces “unusual” choices in player management, highlighting the crucial importance of the start of World Cup qualifiers.
Two months before the 2024 Africa Cup of Nations, the national team’s tactical board appears to be evolving. Djamel Belmadi, the strategist, carefully adjusts his pieces, knowing that every move in football is decisive. Thus, the stage is set for a new chapter in the fox saga.