Tottenham have been boosted by the return of Algeria midfielder Nabil Bentaleb, who is set to return to action for the first time in three months after the end of this international break.
Bentaleb has become a crucial player for Tottenham in recent years. Even though the club has not missed him much in the first three months of the season,Bentaleb’s presence provides an alternative for manager Mauricio Pochettino. The Argentine said before the international break that the midfielder was close to returning to action. Now, there are no setbacks in the return afterBentaleb played in the second half for Algeria against Tanzania.
This match was a World Cup qualifying game for Algeria and they could not afford to drop points. Even though the future of manager Christian Gourcuff is under major doubt, he continued to takeBentaleb by virtue of being one of the important and quality players in the squad. It looked like Algeria were heading for a very poor result after dropping 2-0 in the first half. However, they claimed a crucial draw from the game thanks to a three minute turnaround.Slimani scored twice in the space of three minutes to get a draw that will be crucial in the return leg.
Even after this result, Gourcuff is expected to widely depart from the national team before the next round of matches begin. The next game for Algeria will be a reverse match in front of their own supporters. A victory for the home team will be enough to see them through into the third round of the World Cup qualification. After having done well in the recent World Cup, Algeria cannot afford to do poorly in the upcoming World Cup 2018. The first priority for Gourcuff and his men will be to qualify for the tournament itself.