By Sports Reporter Doha
Al Sadd go head to head against Muither in round four of the Qatar Stars League (QSL) at the Al Sadd stadium today.
Al Sadd has seven points from three games and currently at third spot in the QSL standings. After a thrilling 3-3 draw against Lekhwiya in their last match, Sadd will be looking to get back to winning ways against newly promoted Muaither.
Jesualdo Ferreira, the head coach of Al Sadd believes that all games hold equal value for his side.
“For us all the games are difficult even if we are playing Lekhwiya or Muaither. I have to concentrate on my team and prepare them to do well, whatever team in the league.”
“I am one the coaches who concentrates on his players. I don’t want my players to take Muaither lightly I want them to give it their best from start to finish in this game,” said the Portuguese tactician at the press conference.
Speaking about his team’s obstacles and how they overcome them, Ferriera said: “Sadd was having a hard time before but we are fixing the situation. The offensive line for Sadd did well and got us out of trouble against Lekhwiya.”
Muaither are finding it difficult to adjust to the QSL and have yet to register a point from the opening three QSL matches, and sit bottom of the table. However, the upcoming match against Al Sadd is a perfect opportunity for them to silence their doubters.
Philip Birrol, the head coach of Muaither was full of praise for his opponents.
“We have a match against a big team with many national team players and they have one of the best players in history, Xavi. We are looking forward to this game and we hope to improve from our last game.”
“We could take our first point against Gharafa but unfortunately we couldn’t take our opportunities. But we can take many positives from this game as we get a hang of the league. But we proved we can score and our players keep working hard and there is a good atmosphere in training and that is important for me” said the Frenchman.
Birrol also stressed he wants his players to play the same ways as they did in their last game.
“The target is to work the same way as we did against Gharafa and improve overall and to play well. If we do all that we can come out with something from the game.”
Umm Salal vs Al Sailiya
Undefeated Umm Salal takes on Al Sailiya today evening, looking to maintain their early season form. Head coach Bulent Uygun gave his thoughts to the media on Thursday morning at the pre match press conference.
“The game against Al Shahania last was disappointing. We played to win and we wasted too many chances to win,” Uygun said.
“We have had some fitness issues with our players lately. Yannick Sagbo and Anderson Martins have not been playing at one hundred percent. However, they are getting better, and this will be shown in our improved results in the next few weeks.”
Focusing on this weekend’s opponents Uygun said: “Al Sailiya are a good team. They are not in good form at the moment, and only have one point from three games. We are playing to win, and hoping for an entertaining game. Make no mistake my side will be looking to get all three points.”
The Turkish reaffirmed his side’s target. “The target has always been the top four, we are willing to do our best to reach the top for. As a coach all I can do is to improve the players in the team and reach our target with Umm Salal.”
As for Al Sailiya, they picked up their first points of the season last time out with a hard fought draw against QSL champions Al Rayyan. Assistant coach Amine Frekah is expecting a similar performance from his side.
“The game against Umm Salal is important; we are targeting our first win this season. We are playing a strong side, which are tactically aware and have yet to lose this season. Umm Salal have strong players, we have considered that this week in training. ” admitted Frekah, who was covering in the absence of Sami Trabelsi.
Despite having only one point this season, Frekah believes his side is going in the right direction. “In each of our previous games we have improved. The third game we played well especially with 10 men against Al Rayyan and got a positive result. So now the target is to get our first win of the season against Umm Salal.”
“We have done defensively with only three goals conceded from set pieces. However, we need to improve ourselves in attack having scored one goal, but we have done very well defensively. This is a target for us against Al Sailiya” explained Frekah when asked about Al Sailiya’s shortfalls in front of goal this season.
Al Sailiya will be without Bahraini striker Faouzi Aaish who saw red against Al Rayyan however Frekah can cover for the absence. Faouzi is a big loss for us, but we will focus on the team. We have young players to cover for him and make an impact this season.”
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