By Sports Reporter/Doha
Al Kharaitiyat take on reigning QSL champions Al Rayyan in what promises to be a tough test for The Thunders today.
Kharaitiyat’s Tunisian coach Ahmad al-Ajlani said that this team was aiming to get a point from this tough game. “Al Rayyan are doing well in the league. We have lost our last two games and we need a reaction, each point is important at the end of the season and we will be aiming to get at least a point from the game,” he said.
Al Kharaitiyat’s coach also called for more fighting spirit from his side when reflecting on his sides 2-0 defeat to Al Khor. “Against Al Khor we lacked possession, lack of pressure and a real lack of overall fighting spirit. We must give our best in every game even if we lose so it was disappointing not to see that when we played Al Khor.”
Al-Ajlani ended the press conference noting that hard work is the only way his side can get out of the relegation zone. “Al Rayyan are the current champions they have to be respected but they does not stop us working hard and testing them. If we play to our strengths I am convinced we can trouble them.”
Third placed Al Rayyan head into their Saturday evening match against Al Kharaitiyat on a high following a comprehensive 4-1 win over El Jaish. Danish coach Michael Laudrup spoke to the media ahead of the match
Opening up the press conference Laudrup noted that his side does not have time to savour the Jaish victory. “We are in a busy moment. We don’t have one day to enjoy the win against El Jaish and then we have to focus straight away on the win.”
Rayyan will be without the likes of Sergio Garcia and Rodrigo Tabata for the game, and Laudrup admitted that he is looking at a number of tactical tweaks for the team. “We have some key players out this week, so it will be a challenge for my side against Al Kharaitiyat. I am always thinking about options for us. We will have to see from the players that we have available for this game, but we could set up in a number of different ways.”
“The players who are not playing regularly have stepped up for in recent weeks and this has been important for us, and as a coach it is good to see that the players have played their part when it mattered,” noted the Danish coach.
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