The team's coach Nabil Maaloul asserted that Al Duhail forgot the result of the home match against Persepolis
The team's coach Nabil Maaloul asserted that Al Duhail forgot the result of the home match against Persepolis , and that it will enter the away match to win and qualify to the semi-finals of the AFC champions league .
Maaloul said in the press conference about the match : " We are waiting a difficult match but it will not be difficult on Al Duhail only but also on Persepolis club as we achieved victory in the home match which will put pressure on their players " .
Maaloul continued by : " It is a difficult and important confrontation as we are playing in this round for the first time and thank God our players are ready , and the most focused team will achieve victory specially that the levels of both teams are close and we know that the Iranian team will rely on its fans and their support "
He added :" But Al Duhail players have the experience that will enable them of achieving victory in this match , and our preparations for this match were divided to two sections , the first one is the physical and technical and the second one is the mental and morale , and we will work on achieving the victory that will satisfy all the team's fans and the Qatari football fans " .
Maaloul said : " These matches are tactical and all the players inside the stadium have to close the spaces infront of Persepolis team which is suffering a number of absences because of injury or suspension , and Al Duhail owns an additional card with the return of its player Karim Boudiaf and he is one of the important names in the team list " .
Maaloul continued by : " Despite that our preparation for this match was simple because a number of our players were with the national team and also the player Nam joined his national team , but their physical and technicall status is good " .
And about his reliance on a defensive tactic, Maaloul said : " The nature of the team, the potential of my players and my philosophy in the training do not make me play in a defensive manner and Al Duhail will play for the victory in this match and the best we can do is the balanced performance and pressure on the opponent " .
Maaloul concluded by : " We do not look at all the previous results the team achieved as now we are infront of a new task that we have to appear in it in the required way and achieve the result that makes us reach the next round of the cometition and we know that the levels between the clubs that reached the quarter-finals are close and we know also that football has three options which is victory , draw and loss and we will work on achieving the required from us ".