‘How do you stop him? You do what Sergio Ramos did’: Russia defender Ilya Kutepov hints he’ll use physical tactics to tame Mohamed Salah
- Russia look set to employ a heavy-handed approach towards Mohamed Salah
- The hosts will come up against Eygypt in their second match in Group A
- Salah is fighting to prove his fitness after suffering a shoulder injury in Kiev
- The Liverpool forward was forced off after a heavy challenge from Sergio Ramos
The Liverpool star is fighting to prove his fitness ahead of the tournament after he was forced off in the Champions League final two weeks ago.
Mohamed Salah was forced of in the Champions League final after a tangle with Sergio Ramos
The Egyptian was taken from the field after falling heavily on his shoulder in the first half
Russian defender Ilya Kutepov claims Salah’s game doesn’t worry him, and believes he can be stopped if they adopt similarly abrasive tactics to Ramos.
He said: ‘Salah’s game doesn’t worry me. How do you stop him? Well, you can do what Sergio Ramos did for example.
‘He showed us one way of stopping him and I can’t say that I was upset when I watched him get injured in the final.
Ilya Kutepov said: I can’t say that I was upset when I watched him get injured in the final’
Salah arrived in Russia with his Egypt team-mates on Sunday ahead of the World Cup
June 15: Uruguay – Ekaterinburg – 1pm
June 19: Russia – St Petersburg – 7pm
June 25: Saudi Arabia – Volgograd – 3pm
‘I wish him a quick recovery and I’ll be happy if he plays at the World Cup because it helps you improve when you play against such a genius.’
The 25-year-old arrived in Russia with the rest of the Egypt squad on Sunday as they get ready to face Uruguay in Ekaterinburg on Friday.
Salah is optimistic he will be fit to start the campaign, which sees them face the hosts in St Petersburg on June 19 and then Saudi Arabia on June 25.
Liverpool star is fighting to prove his fitness and is yet to train ahead of the tournament