El Jaish, Al Sadd set for season’s biggest clash
DOHA: El Jaish, one of the most consistent sides in Qatar, are confident of going all the way in the Emir Cup final against Doha giants Al Sadd.
Playing the Emir Cup final for the first time in six attempts, El Jaish will be relying on their ‘fighting’ spirit to stop hosts from nailing their 15th triumph.
“The victory against Qatar SC was well deserved. We stuck with it till the very last minute,” El Jaish coach Sabri Lamouchi said yesterday.
“It showed that my players wanted to win the match,” the 43-year-old Frenchman added.
“We have a group of 24-25 players who all want to play the final. So I don’t have to prepare my players,” Lamouchi said.
“What I care about it is to win and to make history for our club. We are focused on that,” Lamouchi said.
“We will focus on our team and do everything we can to win this,” he said.
“We are very happy that we have qualified and I am confidently saying that my players deserve to play in the final,” Lamouchi said.
Lamouchi said despite his squad’s soaring confidence, he won’t under-estimate Al Sadd’s potential to do well on home pitch.
“Amute is an excellent coach. He is putting in an excellent performance at Sadd,” Lamouchi said.
“They are one of the oldest clubs and they have won the Emir Cup before and other titles many times. They have big players with lots of experience,” he added.
When reminded about El Jaish losing twice to Al Sadd in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) that ended last month, Lamouchi said: “For me there’s no payback, no revenge. We lost twice in the league and we won in the semi-final of the Qatar Cup. So it is not payback time for us. It is pure love of the game for us.”
Lamouchi said his players needed no motivation to round off the season with a win today.
“It is very easy to prepare my players for a game,” Lamouchi said.
“I focus on tactics and motivation. Individually I don’t have to tell players how much they need to give more to win,” he said.
Amute, the Al Sadd coach, said nothing less than a win would for the Doha giants.
“The last game of the local season is going to be decisive. The winner will be getting the title to close the season in a positive way. We are totally ready for this game,” Amutea said.
“We are competing very hard to win this title. We will be focused on the details that will allow us to end the season with the title,” he added.
“There’s a lot of pressure. We have played a strong game just three days ago. El Jaish have had a whole week to rest,” he added.
“But three days are enough for us to prepare agianst a very big team. Our whole group is ready.
“We hope to be able to put our best performance as it should be in an Emir Cup final. And it will be an honour for us to meet the Emir,” Amute said.
“Our team is full of confidence to play good football against El Jaish,” Amute said.
“They seem to have more determination but I think we have weapons to finish the game and to take this trophy,” the Al Sadd coach said at a pre-event press conference.