Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Rayyan


Al Rayyan coach Michael Laudrup spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 6 match against Al Sadd.

“Of course, a big game and big date. We’re keen to take on Al Sadd mainly because we want to reverse the trend of defeats against them in recent times. We must be playing at our best, with or without the ball. There’re some outstanding players on both sides and it must be nice for the players to showcase their skills and also for others to watch them in action,” said Laudrup.

“From the league standings’ point of view too, this is an important match for us. We want to finish in the top four and play in the AFC Champions League. We’ve to be really, really strong on the field. If not, players like Xavi (Hernandez), Baghdad (Bounedjah), Jugurtha Hamroun and Hassan Al Haidous will kill us. We should be creating more opportunities to score.

“We’ve a strong squad. Even if we change three or four main players, the squad is still stronger this season. When the going is good, things are smooth in the team camp as well. We’ve already played seven games, including in the QSL Cup, and won six of them,” said the Dane.