I think it's high time somebody deflated the pompous senegalese , and I would love it if Saudi does the honours tomorrow. They qualify to the world cup for the first time (helped by Egypt and Morocco knocking each other out), and now suddenly think they're a great footballing nation like Brazil and Argentina. Them upstarts have to be tought respect. And it will be a good time for us to put a performance that gives confidence to the team and the fans.From bbc's world cup site
Diatta longs for bigger battles
Diatta says Senegal would prefer more illustrious opponents
By James Copnall
BBC Sport Online
Saudi Arabia v Senegal, Tuesday
When El Hadj Diouf moaned last week about the lack of top-class friendlies on the Lions¿ menu before the World Cup, he struck a cord among the Senegalese players.
So Tuesday¿s game against Saudi Arabia - Senegal¿s first since a March win over an understrength Bolivia - will come as a welcome chance for the Lions to sharpen their claws.
Nevertheless, there are many in the Senegal squad who would have loved the chance to take on a real giant
"No disrespect to Saudi Arabia," centre half Lamine Diatta says, "but we wanted a game against one of the big boys."
Still, Saudi Arabia are going to the World Cup and coach Bruno Metsu is likely to pit a strong team against the Arabs.
The 2001 African coach of the year may continue the experiment he started in the Bolivia game, by playing Khalilou Fadiga in the central creative role in a 4-3-1-2 formation.
Such an option allows the Lions to use three of their impressive defensive midfielders (Salif Diao, Pape Sarr, Bouba Diop, Sylvain Ndiaye and Amdy Faye) and does away with a problem position.
Both Ndiayes, Moussa and Makhtar, have failed to shine on the right side of midfield.
It will also be one of the last chances for fringe players to impress Metsu, something Monaco striker Souleymane Camara is well aware of.
"You have to be ready on D-Day, otherwise you might as well stay in Dakar," he said.
After Saudi Arabia Senegal will take on Japanese club side Kashiwa Reysol on 19 May and fellow World Cup debutants Ecuador on 23 May.
The real D-Day will come against France in the opening game of the World Cup on 31 May.