Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Sadd


Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 6 match against Al Rayyan, dubbed ‘Qatar Clasico’.

“We’ve  a strong desire to win and continue our winning streak. We’re prepared for the big occasion mentally and physically. My players are motivated to bag full points. The Clasico is of great importance for both teams and also for the huge number of fans,” said Ferreira.

“Last season’s clashes between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan were high-scoring ones and we had won them all. However, this is a new season, conditions are new and things may be different. Rest assured, my players will fight till the very end.

“I don’t think Al Rayyan are under any sort of pressure and have psychological disadvantage as we had dominated them fully last season. They’ve a stable and strong squad, and some outstanding players. They’re producing good results too. I hope the Clasico in Qatar lives up to its top billing,” he said.

The Portuguese coach said it was too early to discuss their prospects in the league.

“It’s too early to talk about them, we’re only into the sixth round. We take the Al Rayyan match as a normal one. If we win, it would be good. Even if we lose, we’ll compensate for it,” he concluded.