QNB Stars League Week 20 Pre-Match Press Conference — Umm Salal


Umm Salal coach Talal El Karkouri spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 20 match against Al Sadd.

“Al Sadd are a tough side even though they may miss a couple of their key players (Xavi Hernandez and Morteza Mohammed). They will put up a strong challenge against us. They are the best side around, after Al Duhail.

“I’m not going to change my tactics and take risks for the simple reason that we are up against Al Sadd.

“I will not repeat the mistake that I did against Al Duhail in Week 17 when we lost by a 0-5 margin. We erred by not going on the offensive right from the beginning. We waited for counter-attacks and that just did not work out. And the game was all over soon.

“Al Sadd are a side that can score against any team any time. They have players of high calibre. The way they build their game from the goalkeeper to defenders to midfielders and then to forwards is commendable. We must be wary of them. Let’s see what happens. We don’t have any injury worries,” said Talal.