Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Ahli


Al Ahli coach Joaquin Caparros spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 7 match against Al Sadd.

“It’s a foregone conclusion that we’re going to face a tough team in Al Sadd despite their loss to Al Rayyan in last week’s ‘Qatar Clasico’. This is one of our most difficult matches in the QNB Stars League’s first phase. They’ve players with perhaps more quality than any other side in the competition.

“We’ve always missed the services of our professional players and key local players due to injuries this season. That has adversely affected our performances, resulting in a series of negative results. And we could register only one victory so far.

“We’re ruing the injuries to players like Younis Ali, Fadhl Omar and Yasseen Shehawi. We’re sure Al Sadd will be more hungry for a victory and put behind their disappointment against Al Rayyan, so we’ll try everything possible to stop their marauding forwards.

“We’ve taken heart from the fact that we had put up a strong performance against Al Arabi in the last match, which was drawn 2-2. I’m trying hard to motivate my players. We twice came from behind to hold them,” the Spaniard concluded.