Lekhwiya target third title of season
April 20 2017 10:20 PM
Djamel Belmadi

By Sports Reporter/Doha

Lekhwiya,  who are well placed to sweep all the four titles that form part of Qatar’s domestic season, will take on El Jaish today in the second semi-final of the Qatar Cup.
A victory for Djamel Belmadi’s men today would earn them the right to take on Al Sadd in the final after the Wolves thrashed Al Rayyan yesterday.
The Red Knights began the domestic season with a bang, winning the season-opening Sheikh Jassim Cup and earlier this month asserted their supremacy by clinching the Qatar Stars League title for the fifth time in seven years.
If they win the Qatar Cup final on April 29, then only the Emir Cup remains. Victory in Qatar’s most lucrative tournament would be a great way to cap off the season as Lekhwiya would be merging with El Jaish next season with the new club named al Duhail Sports Club.
El Jaish incidentally are the defending Qatar Cup champions and Belmadi made no secret of the fact that Lekhwiya mean business.
 “This is a new competition for us this season. We are full of confidence after winning the league title and of course we plan to go for a victory. It will be a challenge against El Jaish who will be keen to retain their title,” said the Algerian.
“We always aspire to win titles and after a very challenging league season we enter a major tournament in the Qatar Cup. Our aim as always is to win the trophy but we will face a tough challenge,” he noted.
Lekhwiya midfielder Abdurahman Mohamed added that he fully believed in his team’s ability to win the Cup.
“We are all looking forward to the Qatar Cup. For us the league title was just the beginning. We are hungry to win the Qatar Cup again for Lekhwiya. 
El Jaish assistant coach Jean-Marc Kuentz admitted his side would be up against it, but were ready for the challenge.
“Lekhwiya are the strongest side in Qatar right now. We know that but we believe we can cause them some problems. I hope we can win and progress to the final.
“We are in form and we are the defending champions. The team is well prepared for the game and we have the history to progress and lift the trophy for a third time. But anything is possible in football,” added Kuentz.

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