Al Khor vs. Al Sadd, Round 23 pre-match press conference

Kick off 18:00, March 22nd at the Al Khor stadium.

Al Khor head coach Lazlo Boloni
“With regards to our bad performances, we cannot blame the fitness of the players for that. You have to play 26 games this season and you cannot get tired. We cannot give any excuse for our bad run of results in the last three games. We are preparing our team to finish in a strong way and get some good results and restore our reputation.”
“Now we are playing a team that we know has top quality. We know what they can do. We will be ready and will not give up and try to win. When you speak about Sadd, we all know that they possess quality.”
“As for changing the composition of the team, we cannot create something in 1 or 2 days. We can’t do something special in that time frame. I want to work with our team and try to resolve our mistakes. Maybe I will add 2 or 3 players for next season. My big problem is that when I miss a certain player, I cannot replace him adequately. Of course I will be looking to recruit a few good local players. Also I will have problems because the national team will take 2-3 players from my team. So this will affect our preparation but we will have to be ready for that.”
Sadd is a big team, a strong team that can win big. I think that the league is finished for them because the gap is now seven points to Lekhwiya. So they may be focusing on the Asian Champions League but that doesn't mean that they will take this game lightly. They will play this game with a professional mentality and try to win.”
Al Sadd head coach Hussein Ammouta
“Of course we have played a lot of games in a very short period. It is very important to have good result. Results are not linked to the name of the teams but to the work and the performance of the team. At Sadd, our ambition is to win all the games. I accept that to win the league is now difficult. We are keeping our hopes alive until it is finished mathematically. So we will play our games - giving it our all. We will miss some important players but we have the confidence in our replacements that they will give it their best.”
“The various breaks that we have had in the league and the busy schedule has made it really difficult for us. It has been tough to keep the players focused and motivated. During these breaks we lost eight players to the national team and three players to the Olympic team.”
Hassan al-Haydos will be rested for this game because he is injured. Ibrahim Majid will be absent. And maybe Khalfan Ibrahim will miss the match also. We have to think about the health of the players more than the results.