Speaking at the prematch press conference, Shabab Alahli head coach Rodolfo Arruebarrena, assured his team’s keenness to work hard against Baniyas in the quarterfinal of the UAE President’s cup at Khalifa Bin Zayed Stadium in Alain on Friday.
The coach explained that they know how this competition is important for the club, indicating that they prepared the team well to face one of the best teams in UAE.
Rodolfo pointed out that the team reached the final in the Arab Gulf Cup and topping the table in the league promising to continue fighting in UAE President’s cup to defend the title.
The coach talked about the team’s results in the AFC Champions league, pointing to the loss of two games despite the good performance.
He said: “I can’t say I will achieve titles, what I can promise is fight for the best, we must achieve good results, I have confidence in my team currently we are focusing on improving our performance”.
Commenting on the case of Leonardo de Souza, the coach stated that the player has started training gradually, and his condition will be evaluated to ensure that he is fit and ready.
From his side, Shabab Alahli player Lovanor who accompanied the coach at the press conference said that they know the importance of the cup and the match, indicating that the team is coming from a strong confrontation against Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League, describing Baniyas as a strong team.