“On Schalke, Harit would have been changed after 20 minutes”
Youssef Mokhtari played for Morocco 23 times between 2004 and 2008 and finished second in the 2004 Africa Cup with the national team. Born in Hesse, he worked in Germany for FC Cologne, Cottbus, Duisburg and Burghausen, among others. The former professional runs a football school in Morocco, where he is also involved in social projects. After the bitter opening defeat against Iran, the 39-year-old is putting his finger on Hervé Renard’s team.
Anything is possible in football, but with Spain and Portugal there are now two teams with whom we cannot compete in terms of quality. To have another chance now, some crazy things would have to happen. I don’t see a chance there anymore.
We’re total outsiders. The most important game was against Iran. If you win that, you would have had a small chance for the second round with the euphoria. It’s almost impossible now. I do not think that Spain or Portugal will let anything burn any more. I’m sure both teams will end up with seven points each.
Hakim Ziyech is said to have completed a top season in Holland. If so, then there must definitely come more, there he must be able to put himself more in scene. Mbark Boussoufa fell off completely. In addition, the Iranians played with only one striker. I wish the coach had changed his tactics a little. That didn’t happen. He should also have reacted earlier because some players were not playing what they could. I expect that from a coach. The game had to be won, you have to take more risk.
In Germany, it would have been replaced on Schalke after 20 minutes. That’s the problem. You can’t act like this. He brings an outstanding speed, but when you do dribblings, you also have to see the free-standing man. Then they bring something. But if you keep getting stuck and provoking counterattacks, that’s not enough. When you get praise, you have to accept criticism. He’s got a huge talent, but he clearly needs to get more countable out of it.