Egypt coach hits out at Chelsea for Mohamed Salah’s lack of fitness
Egypt coach Shawky Gharib has hit out at Chelsea over the lack of fitness of Mohamed Salah, who has yet to feature this season for the Blues.
Gharib was speaking after his side’s 2-0 loss to Senegal in the African Cup of Nations qualifying match where the 22-year-old looked badly out of sorts.
Salah was signed from FC Basel in January but has struggled to hold down a place in the team – with him making just 10 appearances for the Londoners in the Premier League.
The attacker was linked with moves to Liverpool and Tottenham before making the move to Chelsea but Gharib has now questioned the benefit of the move.
“We had many mistakes in passing the ball and we failed to put the required pressure on our opponents but the defenders are not the only ones to be blamed,” said Gharib.
“The poor fitness of the players, especially Chelsea’s Mohamed Salah, is also a reason for the loss. The Egyptian league hasn’t started yet and also Salah didn’t play regularly with Chelsea. If Salah is off-form, Egypt’s performance is always affected.”