Algeria were Afcon 2015 best team — Herve Renard

Soccer News of Tuesday, 3 February 2015

Source: Graphic Online

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After bundling Algeria from the 2015 AFCON with a 3-1 victory to book a place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, Cote d’ Ivoire’s coach, Herve Renard has said the tournament’s best team are out.

New Manchester City striker Wilfried Bony scored twice as the Elephants won 3-1 to earn a tie against DR Congo.

“I think we have beaten the best team in the tournament,” said Renard.

“We needed to be very well-organised and try to counter a team who are very strong individually.”

Renard, who led Zambia to the Africa Cup of Nations title in 2012 added, “When I was with Zambia, the Cote d’ Ivoire were better than us, but we won on penalties in the 2012 final.

“You need to be realistic in football and put in place the tactics to win a game,” he said.

Speaking about the win over Algeria, he added “In terms of football and ball control, they were better, but we countered with players such as Max Gradel, Gervinho and Wilfried Bony.

“In football you can’t afford to think you’re better than you are. You need to choose tactics to fit the players you have.”