Lucky11| FIFA World Cup: Senegal Full Squad Analysis
As Senegal gets ready for the 2022 World Cup, who will get the nod from head coach Aliou Cisse? Senegal qualified for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, their first ever, and immediately made an impact, defeating reigning champion France en route to the round of 16.
After failing to qualify for the World Cup once more before 2018, they are now set to make their third appearance after defeating Mohamed Salah's Egypt in the qualifiers. Can they duplicate their 2002 feats of valor and advance to the knockout rounds once more? Senegal was placed in Group A with the host nation Qatar, Ecuador, and underdog Netherlands.
Despite the fact that this is by no means an easy group, head coach Aliou Cisse will be hoping that the AFCON Champions will rely on experience and squad depth to make this season in the desert nation one to remember.
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The best option for Senegal between the sticks is Edouard Mendy. After his heroics in the AFCON final and the World Cup qualifier against Egypt, he holds a special place in the hearts of Senegal supporters.
Meanwhile, Alfred Gomis of Rennes is a reliable backup option who performed well against Bolivia in September. Seny Dieng of QPR is also most likely to travel to Qatar because he played for Senegal against Iran in their final pre-World Cup friendly.
The remaining candidates are Montpellier's Bingourou Kamara, Alioune Faty of Casa Sports, and Mory Diaw of Clermont, should any fitness difficulties arise with the aforementioned three.
Cisse usually keeps with a group of reliable players and lines up his team with a four-man backline.
Kalidou Koulibaly, the captain, and Papa Abou Cisse appear to be the two favorite center backs, but Abdou Diallo of RB Leipzig is another candidate to start with Koulibaly. Amiens' Formose Mendy is a versatile player who can play both right-back and center-back. This puts Real Betis' Youssouf Sabaly, a natural right-back, in competition and keeps him alert, especially because Bayern Munich's Bouna Sarr is injured and unable to play.
The standard left-back possibilities are Fode Ballo-Toure of Milan and Ismail Jakobs of Monaco.
Cisse is adaptable enough to experiment with several possibilities in midfield. There are instances when a three-man bank, a typical four-man bank, or even five bodies are deployed in the park's middle.
Idrissa Gueye typically has the responsibility of controlling the game's speed. Papa Gueye of Marseille and Cheikhou Kouyate of Nottingham Forest can work together as a double pivot to add steel.
Another potential choice who brings poise and steadiness in midfield is Pape Matar Sarr of Tottenham.
You cannot be too critical of your forward line when Sadio Mane is among your ranks. The 30-year-old is the center of attention for the Senegalese team and is sought to when they are in peril or in need of a goal.
Watford's Ismalia Sarr is a dynamic wide player with the speed to rip through defenses. Meanwhile, the task of serving as the target man forward falls to Boulaye Dia of Salernitana. Bamba Dieng, Nicolas Jackson, and Strasbourg's Habib Diallo are a few further possibilities that give the team depth.
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