QNB Stars League Week 18 Pre-Match Press Conference — Umm Salal


Umm Salal coach Talal El Karkouri spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 18 match against Al Sailiya.

“Yes. We are coming off a big defeat at the hands of Al Duhail. We were not focusing fully on the ball. We were not concentrating fully on the game either. But then, Al Duhail are the strongest side around. They have players of great calibre. Especially their professional players.

“The loss has affected us psychologically. We are trying hard to forget the disappointment. As a coach, I cannot be so hard with the players. Sometimes, some players shy away from their duties and that will put the entire team in a spot.

“It is very difficult to change the mindset of the players. We are telling them to to deal with difficult situations easily. It is important to put behind the disappointments. We have to wriggle out of such circumstances.

“Against Al Sailiya, our target is victory as that will put us in a more comfortable position where we will be two points ahead of them in the standings.

“There is a big difference between the top sides and bottom teams in the QNB Stars League,” said Talal.