Al Duhail Head Coach Hernán Crespo expressed his happiness with the qualification of the team to the final match of Ooredoo Cup, after their victory in the semifinal round over Al Sadd by three goals to one, explaining that his team is targeting its first title in the season, and Crespo said in a statement before the final match: We succeeded in reaching this stage after playing 6 strong matches versus big teams, where we were able to win 5 matches, tied in one match, and the team was not defeated… this means to us that the team is doing well.
Commenting about the confrontation versus Umm Salal in the final match, the coach said: The qualification of Umm Salal team to the final match reveals their ambitions, and this is a legitimate right for them, and it also means that they possess the tools that helped them to reach this stage, which will make us study their method of playing very well. Such matches do not depend on the results of the league because it is a 90-minute match and the team with the highest concentration will win the title. We will prepare our players well in order to achieve the first title this season.
The coach denied that the ranking of the Umm Salal team in the league means that an easy match for us, saying: In cup matches, it is not possible to rely on the ranking of the teams in the league. In the league, you can lose or draw in one match and win in another, so you will compensate for the points that you lost, but we are now facing a challenge from only one match, and we must not forget that the Umm Salal team succeeded in defeating the league runner-ups Al Arabi team in the semifinal round .
Crespo said about the squad that will start in the match: We will rely on players who are physically and technically ready for this confrontation, and we will prepare all our players.