PORTO ALEGRE, Brazil (AP) — Algeria hasn't won a World Cup match since 1982, and the team's coach is out to lower expectations before its next one in Brazil.
"The South Korean team is basically better than the Algerian team, so it won't be easy," said Vahid Halilhodzic on the eve of a Group H match where Algeria needs at least a point to stay in contention.
Algeria lost its first match 2-1 to Belgium after leading through a first-half penalty.
Halilhodzic spent much of Saturday's news conference fending off criticism that his side played too defensively and rumors that the players didn't support his strategy.
His response was that the Algerian media were "stupid" and "printed lies." He dismissed a question over whether the head of the Algerian football association had asked him to make changes to the starting lineup on Sunday.
"The Algerian people trust this team. If you read the Algerian newspapers, I heard I have been criticized, I'm very proud of what I have done for the Algerian people," he said.
"I won't change my tactics because we have been defeated by one of the major teams in the World Cup."
Algeria is under intense pressure to match or better its achievement in 1982, when it beat West Germany in a group game.
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