Pre-Match Press Conference – Al Arabi


Al Arabi coach Luka Bonacic spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League match against Al Rayyan.

“I’ve got only a few days to prepare the side after taking over from Qais Yaakoubi. My biggest concern is the defence. The team is lying in the ninth position with just five points and has conceded double (16) the number of goals than we’ve scored. Overall, we’ve much work to do in order to go up the standings, particularly in the defence.

“If you analyse some of the games played by Al Arabi, we’ve conceded last-minute goals many times. All that has affected us very badly. I’ve much experience in Qatar football and I do hope to reverse the trend and make a turnaround in our fortunes.

“We can’t achieve good results overnight. It’ll take time. My job is to help the team stand in good stead. Frankly speaking, I haven’t made any tactical move for this match. I’m only instilling confidence in the players. Overall, I’m happy with the quality of our players, who can be moulded into my style of coaching.

“But you’ll see this group of players fight hard on the pitch in the coming matches,” he said.