Ivory Coast Coach Sabri Lamouchi has revealed he has found it difficult to manage the work load of his team in preparation for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, believing there to be a fine line between a fatigued roster and one that is underprepared.
Boasting such names as Didier Drogba, Gervinho and the Toure Brothers, the Ivory Coast stands a great chance of progressing to the knock-out stage of the 2014 Soccer World Cup, but will be relying on a perfect tournament lead-in according to Coach Lamouchi.
“We have many players at different levels of physical fitness,” Lamouchi told Reuters.
“We have players like Kolo Toure and Souleyman Bamba who have played little.
“There are others too who have not had much game time at their clubs, either because of injury or because of a lack of confidence in them from their coaches.”
Currently amidst a pre-Soccer World Cup training camp in the United States city of Dallas, Lamouchi said overworked players have been given as much rest time as possible ahead of friendly matches with Bosnia and Herzegovina and El Salvador before leaving for Brazil.
“We have to give them opportunity. On the other hand, we have to allow those who have had a long season time to recover.
“Players like (Salomon) Kalou, Gervinho and (Wilfried) Bony have had long seasons.
“The idea is to get to a level of consistency in our fitness after our first week of training and before, or just after, the match against Bosnia. We want the players as close as possible to a 100 percent capacity.”
Also drawn alongside Colombia and Greece in the ideal Group C at the 2014 Soccer World Cup, The Ivory Coast will begin the campaign on Sunday, June 15th against leading Asian chance Japan; a match for which they are currently offered as $2.60 favourites at Ladbrokes Australia.
Leading all African nations as most likely to lift the Soccer World Cup trophy on July 13th, the Ivory Coast are currently offered at particularly generous odds of $101 for success; sharing the 11th line of overall betting with Switzerland.