QNB Stars League Week 20 Pre-Match Press Conference — Al Duhail


Al Duhail coach Djamel Belmadi spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 20 match against Al Kharaitiyat.

“It will not be easy to face Al Kharaitiyat especially since they are trying to escape relegation. They will throw everything into the game in order to achieve victory.

“The game is important for both teams in the sense that, with victory, we will be closer to the title and Al Kharaitiyat’s relegation threat will subside. Beating Al Sadd in the last round gave us the opportunity to win the shield. We can clinch the title even this week depending on the result of Al Sadd’s match against Umm Salal and provided we beat Al Kharaitiyat.

“The decline in the fitness level of players is a problem for all teams playing in the AFC Champions League, Al Sadd, Al Rayyan and Al Gharafa being the others.

“The exhaustion is not only physical, it is also affecting mentally. The players are in action every three/four days. We have to deal well with this situation in the coming games and I have the players who can fare better.

“It’s a good scenario because the team has more than one spearhead. We can expect Karim (Boudiaf), Almoez Ali and Ismail (Mohammed) in the absence of (Youssef) El Arabi,” said Belmady.