Tunisia midfielder Naim Sliti says they played well against Senegal despite losing their first 2017 Africa Cup of Nation match 2-0 on Sunday.
The Carthage Eagles international was speaking to reporters ahead of their second Group B tie against Algeria on Thursday.
The North African derby presents a chance for both sides to bag a win and revive their knockout stage qualification hopes.
“We put up a good performance against Senegal; unfortunately we lost (0-2). Against Algeria, it is an important match,” said Sliti.
“Algeria is a giant in African football, and if we win, we stand a chance to reach the next round. If not, our campaign may be over.
“The expectation of our fans back home is very high and we will do our best to meet those expectations.
“The game is very special for me because I’m married to an Algerian. My child is half Algerian, half Tunisia. In the end, I’m hoping to help Tunisia claim the maximum points.”
Henryk Kasperczak’s men occupy the bottom of the group with zero points.
The Stade de Franceville is the venue for the match at 18:00 on Thursday.