Jose Mourinho has picked out Sofiane Feghouli and Islam Slimani as Algeria’s star performers so far during this summer’s World Cup.
Algeria currently sit in second place in Group H, after securing a 4-2 win over Korea Republic in their opening game, before suffering a narrow defeat to Belgium. A win over Russia in their final game of the group stages will see them safely through to the knock-out rounds of the tournament, however a draw should see them through, as long as Belgium do not crumble against Korea.
Algeria progressing into the last-16 would come as another shock, in a competition that has seen Australia score a potential goal of the tournament, Luis Suarez - who claimed to be a changed man just weeks ago - taking a bite out of another player for a third time, and Spain, Italy and England crashing out at the group stages, with Portugal also on the verge of elimination.
However, Chelsea boss, Jose Mourinho, believes Algeria have two star players to thanks, should they progress.
Speaking as Yahoo’s Global Football Ambassador, he stated, “The boy from Valencia, Feghouli, I know from my time in Spain. He is very intense. He’s very fast He’s not afraid to go in the one against France. He’s really objective.”
The winger made 32 appearances in La Liga last season, scoring four goals and providing ten assists to his teammates. The 24-year-old has been replicating his form for Valencia at the World Cup, scoring one goal and providing one assist in two games.
The Blues boss also believes Islam Slimani has made a difference for Algeria, having scored one goal and setting up Abdelmoumene Djabou to put the team three goals up in the Korea game.
“He’s a very aggressive striker, he likes to score goals, he’s fast like in the goal he scored, but at the same time he’s strong in the air.”
The Algerian forward, who currently plays for Sporting Lisbon in Mourinho’s home nation, scored eight goals and four assists in 26 games for his club last season, and has since been linked with a move to West Ham.