Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Sadd


Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 9 match against Al Duhail.

“This is an important game between two teams who’re strong contenders for the league title. The winners will be in pole position and that itself is the greatest motivation for the players. It’ll be a big treat for the fans as well.

“I’m not confident of fielding my full squad as some players are still nursing injuries. Victory will belong to the side that makes fewer mistakes and plays hard right from the first minute until last.

“We must perform to our full potential in order to win against a team like Al Duhail. Overall, I’m not satisfied with our performance thus far this season. We aren’t playing like we did last season. The training sessions haven’t been as productive as they were last year mainly because of the players’ international commitments and injuries,” said Ferreira.

The Portuguese coach reacted to the comments made by his Al Rayyan counterpart Michael Laudrup that if Al Sadd and Al Duhail play out a draw, they would top the table provided they win against Al Gharafa.

“Had I been in his place, I would’ve wished the same. I hope Al Gharafa beat Al Rayyan,” he added.