‘We have a crazy coach’: Saudi Arabia manager Herve Renard’s inspired team talk was the reason for their shock comeback to win against Argentina, midfielder Abdulellah Al-Malki reveals

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  • Saudi Arabia’s manager had an inspired team talk to prompt his return
  • Midfielder Abdulallah Al-Malki hails ‘mad’ Hervé Renard for shock win
  • They went on to defeat tournament favourites, Argentina, after trailing 1–0 at half time.
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Saudi Arabia’s ‘mad’ manager Hervé Renard gave the team the talk of his life at half-time to inspire their fight against Argentina on Tuesday.

Lionel Messi’s early penalty gave his country the lead, and the loss could have been worse for Saudi Arabia, barring three goals by the officials.


But midfielder Abdulallah Al-Malki revealed after the game that Renard’s words at the break were all the motivation to see him score twice in the second half without reply to secure one of the biggest World Cup shocks in living memory. was needed.

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Hervé Renard’s inspirational half-time team talk inspired Saudi Arabia’s unlikely comeback

Al-Malki told Alqas Sports Channel: ‘We have a crazy coach. He motivated us during half-time, told us things that made us want to eat grass [run themselves into the ground],

Their motivational work in the pre-game was also a key factor, as they went into the Group C clash as massive underdogs against one of the tournament favourites.

‘Before the game, in a conversation with the coach before the game, I swear to God I was crying,’ Al-Malki revealed. ‘He motivated us to such an extent that we couldn’t wait for the game to start.’

The 54-year-old Renard has had a long career in sport management, with success at the African Cup of Nations with Zambia and Ivory Coast.

He became the first Frenchman to manage Saudi Arabia when he took up the position in July 2019, and just three years later, he guided the country to its shock victory.

Midfielder Abdulallah Al-Malki said he was 'moved to tears' by Renard's thoughts before the game

Midfielder Abdulallah Al-Malki said he was ‘moved to tears’ by Renard’s thoughts before the game

Renard praised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a controversial figure, in the wake of their 2–1 victory. Renard said, ‘When I decided to coach this team three years ago, I got everyone’s support. We also have a great federation president and sports ministry.

‘When we met the prince [bin Salman], They didn’t put any pressure on us and that’s wonderful. Putting pressure often does not work.

While the result sparked jubilant celebrations among players, staff and fans, they have vowed not to rest on their laurels as they qualified for the knock-out stages for the first time since 1994.

Renard says Saudi Arabia have 'two tough games' to focus on despite Argentina win

Renard says Saudi Arabia have ‘two tough games’ to focus on despite Argentina win

We have made history for Saudi football, it will always be there. That’s the most important thing,’ Renard said. ‘But we have to look ahead – we have two tough games ahead of us.’

Saudi Arabia’s World Cup campaign continues in just four days, with a match against Poland, which drew 0-0 with Mexico in its second opening Group C match on Tuesday. They will then face the Mexicans in the final group stage game on 30 November.

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