Al Duhail Head Coach Christophe Galtier confirmed that the team is waiting for this important match versus Al Istklol in which they must achieve a positive result. The coach said in the pre-press conference that was held at 12:30 pm today in the club’s press conference hall: We are entering an important match in the AFC Champions League, despite the fact that we are aware that our chances of advancing to the next round were very slim, however we must respect this tournament because it is very important.
The coach added: For 3 weeks, the team has been playing without the service of a number of players due to their international participation, and after this match we will have important matches in the domestic league, and our preparation for this confrontation was very serious and we are working to achieve victory and come out with a positive result, which is important for us.
Galtier continued: This match will give us the motivation to develop and is considered a high-level match, which will make us strive to win it. After our matches versus Al Nassr and we scoring of goals, we must continue to work and achieve victory. We will focus on developing the level and achieving positive results, and I am confident that the team players will enter the match with focus and seriousness, this match will be preparation for our next matches.
The coach concluded: We have a number of players who were suffering from injury, such as Diallo, Edmilson, Luiz Martin, and Karim Boudiaf, and now Philippe Coutinho has joined them, and there is the absence of Khaled Mohamed after he received the red card in the last match, and we must give the opportunity to a number of players who did not participate in the previous fixtures such as Shihab Al Laithi, who will start the match after his distinguished appearance during the Ooredoo Cup tournament, and this is the right time for him to appeare, and there will be a number of changes in the formation.