Al Sadd coach Wesam Rizik said the match against Al Duhail on Friday in Week 20 of the 2023-2024 season Expo Stars League at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium will be difficult for both teams.

Speaking to the media ahead of their 2023-2024 season Expo Stars League Week 20 match against Al Duhail, Al Sadd coach Wesam Rizik said, "An important and much-anticipated match against Al Duhail. It will be difficult for both teams. Our target is three points to remain in the lead.

"Every remaining match will be decisive for us. We will play the match as if it is a final and there is no substitute for winning points.

"The Al Sadd vs Al Duhail matches always witness strong and friendly competition between the players: These games are always played amid great competition between the two teams. Al Duhail are currently in a position that they do not deserve and the results do not reflect their strength, and we are ready to give our best to achieve victory.

"The Al Sadd fans always support us and stand behind the team. Their presence gives us all confidence and we await them in all upcoming matches to help us win the league championship," said Wesam.

Al Duhail coach Christophe Galtier said, "We have begun our preparations for the important match that will bring us together with Al Sadd, which is a match against a big team that tops the competition standings and has excellent players, especially in the attacking aspect. For this reason, we must be fully prepared to achieve a positive result and I know that I declared something like this before our match against Al Rayyan.

"But we came out with a negative result even though our players played a good match after we succeeded in taking control of the match, and we did not succeed in creating chances that would lead us to the goal and we lost with counter-attacks. I hope that we will appear better against Al Sadd and that we will create opportunities and score because our team struggles to finish attacks, which is not good for us.

"We have a few matches left in the league and our goal is to win them. The Qatar-UAE Super Shield match also awaits us and it would be good for us to win it. After that, there is Amir Cup, which is of great importance for all clubs. After we lost the opportunity to compete for the league title, we must focus on performance to win the Amir Cup.

"Al Sadd are currently the best team in the league and have players who have won the Asian title with the national team. Going by form, everyone can say that it is difficult for us to win, but it is a football match that we will enter with all our strength. In order to achieve the desired result, Al Duhail have players with distinguished levels," said Galtier. (QNA)
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