Al Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez and goalkeeper Saad Al Dossari speak ahead of their 2020 Qatar Cup semifinal against Al Rayyan


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Al Sadd coach Xavi Hernandez said, “Qatar Cup 2020 is very important. We look forward to facing Al Rayyan in the semifinal as a final match. At Al Sadd, we want to win titles. Through training, we will work to achieve victory over Al Rayyan, who are clearly a better side this season under coach Diego Aguirre. Al Sadd players and coach are ready for this competition.

“Al Rayyan have a strong offensive line. At the same time, our defense is improving from after every match. Al Rayyan have players in the caliber of (Yacine) Brahimi, Rodrigo Tabata, Sebastian Soria and Abdulaziz Hatem. We must be wary of them.

“We had lost to Al Rayyan in the league championship and time has come to make amends for it. This match has big importance. At Al Sadd, we focus on all local tournaments. This tournament is precious and we have the desire to win it.

“We achieved a great victory in our last QNB Stars League match against Al Arabi by a 6-1 margin. I am proud to train these elite players, but we do not forget that we will face Al Rayyan, one of the best teams in the league. If we win, we will face Al Duhail or Al Sailiya. Al Sadd have not been great this season, but the last game confirmed that we are on the right way. For me personally, winning titles is important.”

Saad Al Dossari said, “The Al Rayyan match has great importance, not only in Qatar but in the rest of the region too. We hope to show the required level. We are going through a tough period. We are working hard to be in a better shape in the coming period.”