Pre-Match Press Conference - Al Arabi


Al Arabi coach Qais Yaakoubi does not think that victory against Al Sadd in Friday’s Qatar Derby in the QNB Stars League Round 5 is an insurmountable task even though he acknowledged that Al Sadd are a strong side. The Tunisian was addressing the pre-match Press Conference on Thursday.

“Al Sadd are a very strong side with star players, such as Xavi Hernandez, Jugurtha Hamroun, Baghdad Bounedjah and Boualem Khoukhi. More than that, there’s a lot of hype created around the Qatar Derby. As usual, only three points are up for grabs from this game and not four or five points! But we’ve confidence in ourselves and we believe we’ve a chance to win this match,” said Yaakoubi.

“Though we lost our last match against Umm Salal by a big margin (1-4), we had more ball possession (63 per cent). We lacked in finishing as we didn’t have many fast players and that wasn’t the case with Umm Salal. I’m not shirking responsibility. However, they were very defensive and our players made many individual mistakes.

“We’re lucky to have signed five or six players, who were with Al Sadd before. We’ve some financial problems, so we can’t sign superstars. We need more time to perform as a cohesive unit. And we hope not to repeat mistakes,” he concluded.