Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Sailiya


Al Sailiya coach Sami Trabelsi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 10 match against Al Ahli.

“The mentality of the players has to be blamed for our defeat to Al Khor in the last match. They showed complacency and didn’t concentrate, and applied themselves on the pitch.

“I don’t think there was anything wrong with our tactics and strategy. It was a totally different approach by our players. We created more opportunities, but made many mistakes. I had always feared it.

“There’s no room for complacency against Al Ahli. There’re three teams — Al Duhail, Al Rayyan and Al Sadd — in the top draw and nine in the bottom row. We want to be in the top bracket. I believe even in the matches which we lost, we were the better side. The only thing was that we failed to deliver.

“I still feel we will be in the top four at the end of the first phase and at the very end of this season’s league campaign. I don’t like to speak about other teams. I take some tactical decisions based on situations. Sometimes, a player may find himself on the bench in some matches. It’s all up to the coach,” said Trabelsi.