Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Sadd


Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 7 match against Al Ahli.

“We look forward to beating Al Ahli and make up for our loss to Al Rayyan. The ‘Qatar Clasico’ loss is behind us. In my opinion, that had no  bearing on the position in standings as Al Duhail were held by Al Gharafa in the last round and the first four positions remained the same after the sixth round.

“Against Al Ahli, we’ll miss a number of players through injuries. However, I’ve full confidence in our youngsters, especially Under-23 players, who’re willing to grab the opportunities with both hands. We had fielded seven youth players in the match against Al Rayyan. They all proved their efficiency.

“I’m sure my players will get ample time to recoup during the league’s fortnight-long break after this week’s action. The loss to Al Rayyan hasn’t adversely affected our morale. It happens in football. But then, Al Duhail also dropped points for the first time. Al Sadd have an effective system and all our young players are ready to step into the seniors’ shoes and prove their mettle in the top flight,” the Portuguese concluded.