Al Sailiya coach Sami Trabelsi and player Mubarak Boussoufa speak ahead of their 2020 Qatar Cup semifinal against Al Duhail


Al Sailiya coach Sami Trabelsi said, “We are focusing completely on the Qatar Cup now, especially the semifinal against Al Duhail. This is a tournament where we are honoured to compete in. They are looking to reach the final, they have a team full of stars, with great experience in European and Arab leagues.

“There is always great seriousness when we face Al Duhail. In the last game, we were closer to winning had it not been for our mistakes. We hope not to repeat them and target victory and reaching the final.

“No one can think that we will win the cup. We do not think about the cup, but think about the next match. Al Duhail has outstanding players, especially in attack. Ours is a more collective effort.

“For me in terms of players’ quality, we are much better than last season. Our results may have been better last season. This time, we could not start the season  in a good way because there are players who joined us late. That affected our results, we hope to be in a better position in the second leg.

“We know that there are many obligations for the Qatar national team. From my point of view, this date is a result of calendar pressure.

“All matches we currently play are part of our preparations for the AFC Champions League. We will focus on getting a positive result.”

Mubarak Boussoufa said, “We have to be at the top of our readiness. We will play against Al Duhail, who are considered as the best side in the league this season, and we will be ready to offer our best level.

“We have a strong motivation especially since we are playing a very special team. In such cases, we always want to spring a surprise. In the league, you have opportunities to compensate because it is a long tournament. But in cup, you should be at your best in order to achieve victory.”