Pre-Match Press Conference —Al Arabi


Al Arabi coach Qais Yaakoubi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 7 match against Al Kharaitiyat.

“The match between teams lying in the bottom half always evokes a keen interest. We both are almost at the same level. We must be scoring points at this stage more than in any other period this season. Al Kharaitiyat have the same side from last season with the exception of one player. They know how to defend for long and launch fast breaks.

“At the same time, we’re conceding goals from counter-attacks. We’re trying hard to improve on it. I’m not happy with the performance of my team even though I’ve confidence in my players. In our last two games, against Al Sadd and Al Ahli, we were far better. What we need is full points from this game, which’ll do a world of good for the players’ confidence.

“I was sad after our drawn encounter against Al Ahli despite taking the lead two times. Our performance isn’t matching our results. We don’t know how to kill the games when you’ve a chance to do so,” said the Tunisian.