QNB Stars League Week 16 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Arabi

Al Arabi coach Luka Bonacic spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 16 match against Al Ahli.

“We are in a must-win situation even though this is a league match. We had many positives to take from our drawn encounter with Umm Salal last week and I am happy that my players are improving.

“They have changed a lot. Still, we have many areas for improvement. We have some very good players, may be they need more confidence to deliver the goods. They were not playing like this before I took over. Yet, we are not getting the results our performance demands.

“At the moment, I am bothered about not getting enough points. At least from now on, we must win some games to stay in the top flight. That is possible with the players we have and there are many points still to be won.

“It is normal for a coach to make some substitutions (referring to Khalfan Ibrahim being substituted during their match against Umm Salal. Khalfan was playing with full energy, so I had to do it.

“We will be missing the services of midfielder Ahmed Fathi due to his knee injury,” said Bonacic.