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Al Jazira Fierce Attacking Machine Threatens Al Wahda Defenses

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Abu Dhabi: 26 November 2014
 
Al Jazira players and their coaching staff are focusing completely these days on preparing themselves in the best possible way for their next important and crucial league match against the neighbors Al Wahda, the match that will probably decide who will finish the first half of the league in the first place of the table.
 
Al Jazira is only one point behind the leader Al Wahda who have 18 points in their league credit, and Gerets will hope that his fierce attacking machine will be ready to take down Al Wahda defensing lines when the two teams lock horns next Sunday at the Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, as part of the 9th round of the Arabian Gulf League.
 
The attacking line of Al Jazira is the best in the league so far, the team never failed to score in their last 8 league matches, and they never scored less than two goals in these games. The team reached the nets of the opponents 24 times, more than any other team with 6 goals, and these great numbers and stats will be explained looking at the names who are leading this attacking line, Mirko Vucinic, Ali Mabkhout, Jonathan Pitroipa and Manuel Lanzini, the names that every coach is dreaming to work with.
 
Mirko Vucinic: Top Scorer of the Arabian Gulf League
 
The ex-Juventus hitman is leading the top scorer chart of the league with 13 goals, away with 8 goals from his close follower, who have 5 goals only. The scoring rate for the Montenegrin is 1.6 goal per match, and he score against Ajman (1), Emirates (3), Al Dhafra (2), Al Ain (4), Ittihad Kalba (3), and he also created many goals for his teammates



Ali Mabkhout: Top Scorer of Gulf Cup 22
 
After he scored 5 goals out the UAE National Team 7 goals in the Gulf Cup 22, Ali Mabkhout became the top scorer of the competition that is running now in the Saudi capital Al Riyadh, he scored twice against Iraq and also twice against Kuwait and once against Oman, and he is in the two away with two goals of his runner up.
 
In addition to this, Mabkhout is also holding the title of the best local top scorer in the Arabian Gulf League with 5 goals, with 2 goals difference from Ahmed Ali the attacker of Bani Yas and Ali Al Aameri the defender of Al Nasr.


Jonathan Pitroipa: Top Scorer of African Cup of Nation Qualifications
 
Pitroipa scored a goal in the last match of Burkina Faso National Team in the Qualification of Africa Cup of Nations 2015, that goal was his 6th in the qualification and it helped him to top the table of the scorers away with one goal from his closest follower Soumah Seydouba from Guinea.
 
Locally, Pitroipa have 2 goals in his league credit, he scored them against Ittihad Kalba and Al Nasr, and he crossed the ball that Al Ahli defender Bashir Saeed converted to his own net during the latest two teams match in Rashid Stadium. He also the second best goals creator in the league with 4 assist, only with one assist behind the Edgar Silva from Al Shabab.


Manuel Lanzini
 
The manager of the team Mr. Eric Gerets kept relying solely on his talented Argentinian Manuel Lanzini to perform as an advanced playmaker in his squad, he is positioning in front of the defensive midfielders Khamis Ismail and Jucilei Da Silva and behind the attackers Vucinic, Mabkhout and Pitroipa, and he has all the freedom to threaten the opponents from midfield and sides. He scored in the league 3 goals, 2 against Ajman and 1 against Al Nasr.
 
The total of the goals scored by these 4 attacker is 23 goals, more than the tally of Al Wahda goals, and also Al Ahli and Al Ain, and more than the total of the goals scored by Sharjah, Fujairah and Ittihad Kalba “all scored 19 goals in the league”.
 
Gerets also is having strong back up weapon in his bench, like Ahmed Al Ghilani who scored and created a goal against Al Ain, and Khalfan Mubarak who scored against Al Ain and also against Al Nasr in the cup.