Pre-Match Press Conference – Al Sadd


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Al Sadd coach Jesualdo Ferreira spoke to the media ahead of their QNB Stars League match against Umm Salal.

“Umm Salal are a difficult side to play against just because they’re one of the strongest teams in this season’s QNB Stars League. Our goal is to win and we’re ready in all aspects. We’re taking the game seriously and are eager to snatch full points as we target the top position in the standings.

“My only concern is that some of our players were away for international commitments, so we couldn’t train with the full squad. Also, some key players were nursing injuries. That makes my job as coach difficult,” said the Portuguese.

It may be recalled that ace Spanish playmaker Xavi Hernandez, Qatar international Hassan Al Haydous and Algerian attacking midfielder Jugurtha Hamroun were recuperating from injuries, but are expected to take the field against Umm Salal.

Ferreira said he was proud of the young players who had proved their worth for the side. He expressed confidence that they can beat Umm Salal even though they’ve one of the strongest defensive lines in the competition.

“It’s true that Umm Salal have a strong defence, but we’re confident of beating them,” he added.