Riyadh: Isa al-Hakami
Al Hilal Saudi Arabia’s coach Ramon Dias of Argentina and Tajikistan’s Istiqlal Dushanbe’s coach Mubin Arkachev are hoping to implement what he said at a pre – match press conference on Tuesday. Fourth round of group stage for West Asian clubs, playing in an attacking way and dropping the defensive system.
Diaz said: “When both teams start playing it will be fun for the followers and easy for the coaches.”
However, competition is important for us in Al Hilal. If we win, we will guarantee eligibility, which is our main goal.
The Argentine coach announced the readiness of Korean defender Jong, who has not played in the last two matches due to injury: Jang has trained well and is ready to take part in the tournament.
The coach of the Tajik team confirmed, “We look forward to a positive outcome by changing the way we play, just as we lost the first clash with Al Hilal in the last edition and won the second match 4-1.”
He continued, “We have good players and we are good at playing defensively and offensively. Our goal is to make up for what we missed in the first three games. It was a tough start, in which we lost by 9 points.”
Al Hilal leads the first group with nine points, while the Tajik team is at the bottom of the table.
Ahead of Al-Hilal and Al-Istiqlal meeting in Dushanbe at Prince Faisal Bin Fahad Stadium in Dushanbe, a 9:15-minute group clash is expected between Sharjah and Al-Rayyan Al-Qatari at the King Fahad International Stadium.
Also in the fifth group to be held in Dammam, leaders al-Faisali will face Uzbekistan’s Nassab, and al-Sad will face Jordanian al-Wehta, noting that both matches in the third round saw al-Faisali’s victory against Nassab. 1-0, and 5-2 against Al Sadd Al Wihad.
In the group, al-Faisali is in first place with 7 points and al-Saad is in second place with four points.
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