With the Olympian calm and the lucidity that we know him, Nayef Aguerd looks back on the epic of the Atlas Lions at the 2022 World Cup. The Moroccan central defender of West Ham places particular emphasis on the role of Coach Walid, the group cohesion and fan support. Discover his new revelations.
West Ham United’s Moroccan international Nayef Aguerd confided in the Qatari channel bein Sports. The Atlas Lion first spoke about his injury contracted a few weeks before the 2022 World Cup, which threatened his participation in the planetary high mass.
The Moroccan star admitted that it was a “difficult period”, but that he overcame it thanks to the medical staff of West Ham and the Moroccan national team, but also to his desire to represent his country in the Cup of the world.
About the somewhat worrying atmosphere that reigned before the World Cup in the den, Nayef Aguerd answers bluntly: “To be honest, the thing that changed everything was the change of coach. Walid Regragui is a very special coach, he is close to us and knows how to motivate the players”.
The winner of the Mohammed VI Football Academy also insists on the role played by Moroccan and Arab supporters, as well as the families of the players who supported the Atlas Lions throughout the tournament.
In addition, the West Ham player confided that the desire to go as far as possible in the competition did not grow as the competition progressed, it was planned by Walid Regragui and his assistants from the start.
“We are not in Qatar for sightseeing. We are here to go as far as possible, coach Walid kept telling us from the first day of the rally,” recalls the former FUS defender.
Nayef Aguerd then talks about his transfer to the Premier League, the difficult first half at West Ham and his adaptation to London.