Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Arabi
Al Arabi coach Luka Bonacic spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 9 match against Al Markhiya.
“This’ll be a totally different game. I would say we’ll be playing for six points, and not three! It’s so crucial that we win this match. It’ll be very good for our campaign in the rest of the season.
“It isn’t my style to change everything in two weeks’ time. In the last match against Al Rayyan, which was my first with Al Arabi, our players made many individual mistakes. That was very strange because in training, they had done pretty well. I don’t know what happened on the field.
“They were under tremendous pressure because Al Rayyan are a formidable side. That should not have happened. My wards have quality and I believe in their abilities. Al Markhiya are not as strong as Al Rayyan, so we must win to get our campaign back on track.
“Hopefully, after the next three or four games, we’ll be in a far better position. It’s true that we’ve conceded 20 goals from eight matches. Defence is one of the areas where we must improve. I’m trying to boost my players’ confidence, which is at a low ebb,” said Bonacic.