Pre-Match Press Conference - Al Gharafa


Al Gharafa coach Jean Fernandez spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Round 5 match against Al Kharaitiyat on Thursday.

“We’ve had good preparations for this game as there’s no room for complacency. In a league, all matches are important. We respect Al Kharaitiyat. They’ve a good coach and players, who can make a turnaround. They’ve the ability to score goals. The results aren’t a fair reflection on their game.

“On our side, I’ve full confidence in my players. It took us for a while to get our first win. Now that it has happened, we’ll be more stronger as the league progresses. We adopt strategies for each game and I hope to field the best possible eleven. Al Kharaitiyat are sure to desperately look for a win, so we expect a tough game. They’re good at ball possession.

“We also have a good bench. That’s very important. Some players are being fielded in the last 20 minutes in order to make a difference in the game. All our players are gelling well, be it seniors or juniors, and I hope they’re now in a position to better implement my strategies on the field,” the Frenchman concluded.