Ivory Coast manager Sabri Lamouchi explained why he dropped Didier Drogba in the 2-1 win over Japan.
“We didn’t start the game very well by conceding through a lapse in concentration,” said the former Parma and Inter midfielder.
“After that, we got into a lot of good positions. For us it was really important to start well this tournament.”
Lamouchi surprised many by leaving star player Drogba on the bench, but when coming on he completely revitalised the squad.
“To have a player like Drogba in your squad, as a starter or a sub, changes a game. The players are very happy with the victory, but we are not yet qualified.”
The Ivory Coast are now joint top of Group C with Colombia, who crushed Greece 3-0.
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