Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Gharafa


Al Gharafa coach Jean Fernandez spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 6 match against Al Duhail.

“We know it’s a difficult task against Al Duhail. They’re the champions and leaders with an all-win record. However, we’ll be desperate to get some points. We’re trying to put behind the disappointment of losing to Al Kharaitiyat by a big margin in the last round.

“We took on Al Kharaitiyat in a confident manner, having registered our first victory in this season’s league, against Al Khor. But things didn’t work our way and we ended up disappointed. We just couldn’t sustain the momentum. All that is past and we look forward to this match. We won’t get overawed by Al Duhail’s status. They’ve some dangerous players and (Youssef) El Arabi is scoring at will. It all will depend on how well we contain their attacks.

“Our defence needs to improve. If you defend well, then you’ve more chances to win. We’ve many positives to draw from our games so far and we’ll try to build on them,” said the Frenchman.

Al Gharafa are sixth in the table with five points.