Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Gharafa


Al Gharafa coach Jean Fernandez spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 10 match against Al Arabi.

“It’s going to be a difficult game for us. Not much differentiates the teams in the standings. It’s a game between ninth and 10th-placed sides which are struggling as the first phase is nearing its end.

“We both are almost at the same level. We’ll try to get three points. We’ve prepared well especially after our last game against Al Rayyan. We played well, but lost narrowly. That has happened many times.
“When you perform well and you lose, that makes it difficult to stay motivated. When we analysed our game, we’ve found out that some small details have to be attended to. Our defence has to be strong. We conceded two goals in our last two games. That makes it difficult when you’re looking for a victory.

“We need more wins. Winning is more important. We’ve drawn many matches from winning positions. Ours is the side that has the most number of draws (four) in the league. We must change that. Against Al Rayyan, we aren’t under pressure,” said Fernandez.