The Spanish head coach of Al Wahda Club, Manuel Jimenez, confirmed that the upcoming match against Al Ain, which will be held on Friday as part of the 19th round of the ADNOC Pro League, is just a “3-point” match, and “neither team is under any pressure in the current season.
Jimenez said in the introductory press conference, held at the Al Nahyan Stadium conference hall today, Wednesday: “It is a match that means a lot to both teams, given their position in the standings, and because it stops a rival and pushes the other towards the top, but it is not a “final”, as the winner will earn 3 points like any other match, and we do not feel any pressure, and we respect Al Ain and we seek to win to get closer to the top and please our fans”.
“The opponent is tough and strong, with a strong attack and exceptional players capable of making a difference at all times of the match, and the result of the first round is now in the past, and the scenario will be different on Friday”, he added.
“The match will be tough for both teams, and we will suffer from some absences, most notably Tahnoon Al Zaabi, who can play in more than one position, and there are doubts about the participation of Pereira due to the health problem he suffered from last week, and we will play with the most prepared lineup”, he concluded.
Adrian Da Silva
On his part, Portuguese player Adrian Da Silva expressed his happiness with the positive spirit and the desire to win within his team, stressing that the match against Al Ain means a lot to the fans, and that the players are required to give their best and secure the victory to approach the top of the league.
“We have faced Al Ain four times in a short period, and it is the most exciting match due to the emotions, morale, and the desire to win. We are preparing well for the match, and we can achieve victory even if Al Ain is in their best form”, he said.
“And I conclude my message to all the spectators present at the match and I urge them to show sportsmanship and avoid fanaticism, and we promise our fans to fight until the end”, he concluded.