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Herve Leonard urges Saudi players to remember ‘forever.’

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Coach Herve Renard called Tuesday on his Saudi Arabia players to ensure they leave their mark on the World Cup in Qatar and are remembered “forever.” Frenchman Renard’s rousing half-time team talk in Saudi Arabia’s shock come-from-behind victory over Argentina has gone down in legend. He admitted that his team talks don’t always have such a dramatic effect. “I accepted for the communications department to record one minute (at half-time) so this day I was lucky because it worked,” Renard said at a press conference before Saudi Arabia played Mexico in their final group game.

“But I’m coaching for more than 20 years now and with a lot of humility I can tell you it was not working all the time, unfortunately!” Given that his team’s comeback was against one of the world’s greatest ever players in Messi, “there is a big impact, it will stay forever,” Renard said. “At least some of you will remember me.” After beating Argentina but losing to Poland, Saudi Arabia will face Mexico in their final Group C match on Wednesday to advance to the knockout stage. must be secured. He reminded Saudi Arabia last reached the second round in 1994, 28 years before him.

“It’s an excellent generation for our players, but if you want your fans to remember you, you have to make history, otherwise in 20 years or his 30 years, it will all be forgotten. It will be gone,” Leonard said. Knockout Reaching his stage could be very special for Leonard as he could face France. “Of course, I know draws. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t study draws,” he said. “Let’s focus on qualifying and put all our energy into achieving it. If you were here tomorrow and that happened, I would say with a big smile, it would be a great duel.

With Saudi Arabia on the cusp of historic qualifying, Leonard was asked if the game against Mexico was the best match of his life. But he insisted it was more important to win his two African Cup of Nations finals against Zambia in 2012 and Ivory Coast in 2015. “These meetings cannot be ruined or you will regret it for the rest of your life.

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