Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Duhail


Al Duhail coach Djamel Belmadi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 10 match against Al Markhiya.

“Never will we take this match lightly inspite of the fact that Al Markhiya are second last in the table. We’ll take this game just like we played against Al Sadd in the previous week. These three points are also very important for us.

“I respect all teams and Al Markhiya are no different. We’ve to play with utmost concentration and determination. Everyone knows that we had stumbled against Al Gharafa, playing out a draw, and we don’t want this match to be like that.

“Al Markhiya are a side with good fighting spirit. They’ve had many negative results, but you can’t write them off. We’re trying to give opportunities to youngsters as and when we get a chance.

“The title race is still hot as Al Sadd can anytime storm their way to the top even though they’re four points behind us at the moment. The team that aspires to win a league competition has to be very strong and must stay focused. I would rather prefer to win the championship by a single-point difference than achieving it by a 20-point margin,” said Belmadi.