I hope we achieve positive result against Al Ahli to make up for loss to Al Sadd: Al Gharafa coach Gourcuff


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Al Gharafa coach Christian Gourcuff spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League Week 15 match against Al Ahli.

“It will not be easy for us against Al Ahli, especially since we are coming off a heavy loss to Al Sadd (1-8) in the last round. Any match is worth only three points maximum, but the big-margin loss was a great shock for us. I hope to achieve a positive result which will help the team make a strong comeback.

“I had spoken earlier that we were heading for three strong games. We played against Al Sailiya and Al Sadd, and lost both matches. Now, we are into the third, against Al Ahli.

“Al Ahli are a tough side. They have achieved good results in the recent rounds and are unbeaten in seven matches. Therefore, the confrontation will be difficult and we have to correct our mistakes and be at our best in order to score a victory.

“I spoke to the players in the aftermath of our defeat to Al Sadd and tried to instil confidence in them. We also discussed how to make up for that in the game against Al Ahli.

“Our players Wesley Sneijder, Fahd Al Shammari, Almahdi Ali and Khalid Abdul Raouf are all nursing injuries. However, we still have the chance to reach the top four if we improve our performance by a few notches,” said Gourcuff.