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  • Fri 14 Dec 2018, 19 : 30 - Arabian Gulf League

Gerets: Derby Matches Are Unique and Special

Abu Dhabi: April 10, 2015
“Derby matches between Al Jazira and Al Wahda are always unique and special for the players and also for the managers and coaches”. Those were the first words of Al Jazira head coach Eric Gerets during the press conference he held today to speak about his team preparations for their next important away game against Al Wahda.
Al Jazira and Al Wahda will lock horns for the second time this season next Sunday, and this time Al Nahyan stadium will be the theatre of this prestigious game that will kick off at 20:45, and today Gerets spoke to the media about this match.
He said “Derby matches between Al Jazira and Al Wahda are always unique and special for the players and also for the managers and coaches. Our preparations for this match were satisfying for me and for my players, and tomorrow we will finish it by working on our final game plan, and am very sure and confident that we will be 100% ready on the mental and physical aspects to give all we have against Al Wahda”.
“There is no easy game between these two teams, and the bad results of Al Wahda will not give us any advantage over them next Sunday. If we beat Al Wahda then we will take them out of the title race, but if they won, then it will be very difficult and nearly impossible for us to catch Al Ain and win the league title”, the coach added.
The manager discussed the physical situations of his players ahead of the capital derby, and explained “Abdullah Musa and Khalid Sabil and Mirko Vucinic were suffering from some fitness issues, but Musa and Mirko are okay and they will train with us today, and Sabil will join us tomorrow”.
Speaking specifically about his midfielder Khamis Ismail the coach said “Khamis we will sidelined for Al Wahda game also. I had meeting with him yesterday in my office with the presence of the team physician to discuss his injury, and when the doctor made it clear that he is not yet fit I decided to remove him from my plans. He was frustrated and sad and I understand that he is eagerly trying to join his teammates and play these crucial remaining matches in the league, but for me and for the club his health comes first, and of course I will not risk him for the sake of three or six points, and I will put him on the field only when am sure that he is 100% fit and healthy”.
Gererts finished the conference by insisting that his great friendship with his ex-assistant, and current Al Wahda coach Sami Al Jaber will disappear during the 90 minutes of the match, and explained “Everybody knows that Sami Al Jaber is one of my best and close friends, but this friendship will disappear during the match and every one of us will try to beat the other and win the three points. After the game of course I will be the first to shake his hand, and we will hug each other as friends again”.