Senegal boss on Mané: He is already one of the best

With Senegal set to play their first game of the tournament on Tuesday, head coach Aliou Cisse has dished out some praise for Sadio Mané.

When Mohamed Salah went off injured in the Champions League final, Mané stepped up in his stead and did all he could to try and drag Liverpool to a sixth European Cup win.

The 26-year-old scored a goal from a corner after a knockdown by Dejan Lovren and he almost bagged a brace and he would have had his low drive from outside the area not struck Keylor Navas’ upright.

Playing alongside the likes of Salah and Roberto Firmino, Mané is sometimes overshadowed but is still undoubtedly one of the best wingers in the world.

Speaking ahead of Senegal’s opener, Cisse said: “I don’t want to say he could become one of the best players in the world. He is already one of the best – you have to stress this.

“He plays for an iconic club in Liverpool, which is one of the best clubs in Europe. He has shown he is top-notch with his club, and he has something unique.

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“He’s unpredictable, at any point he can make the difference with a dribble and pass, so for me, he is already one of the best players.

“Sadio is a unique player and he can’t be compared to any other Senegal players, even if we’ve had some major ones in the past.

“He’s unique and despite everything that has occurred to him in the last two or three years, he hasn’t changed.

“He’s just as humble as the first time I met him, six years ago at the Olympics.

“His mentality hasn’t changed, his behaviour to staff and his humility to federal leaders and team-mates is the same, so he’s a player who can bring a lot to the team.”

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