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  • Sun 26 May 2019, 22 : 01 - Arabian Gulf League

Hertog Believes His Players Must Play To Their Potential Against Baniyas

Abu Dhabi, 21 February 2019
Al Jazira head coach Damien Hertog says his players will have to be at the top of their game if they want to claim all three points in the Abu Dhabi derby against Baniyas.
Third-placed Al Jazira make the short trip for Thursday’s Arabian Gulf League (AGL) clash where they face a Baniyas side, who have won their last four matches.
Hertog’s side enter the match following an impressive 5-0 victory over Fujairah and the Dutchman wants his players to continue the momentum. 
“Baniyas are a very good team. They have improved a lot this season and have done really well so far, said Hertog. 
“They are well organised. It will be a tough match against a tough opponent who have not lost at home this season. They started the second half of the season really well with two wins and we really have to be on the top of our game to get a result, and for us that is three points.”
He added: “The fact they have won four consecutive games shows they are full of confidence. But I am really confident about the quality of my players and that we can win the match.”
Al Jazira have been prolific with 42 goals this campaign – the highest in the AGL while Baniyas have scored six in their last two matches.
Hertog expects both sides to be competitive and cause problems at both ends of the pitch.
“Both teams like to play pressing and attacking football,” he said. “There will be no guarantee of a lot of goals but the intention of both sides is to play attacking football. I think we will see that but I also feel it will be a tight game.”
Al Jazira will be boosted with the return of key players including top-scorer Ali Mabkhout, midfielder Sebastian Siani and Salem Al Eidi, who missed the Fujairah victory through suspension.
Although the club are missing three players including long-term absentee Mohamed Jamal against Baniyas, Hertog is pleased to have a near full-strength squad available.
“It’s good we have nearly everybody back,” added the 44-year-old. “This means there will be more competition for places which is good for the whole squad.”
Defender Salim Rashid is hoping the club can get a positive result against Baniyas. 
“We have put in a lot of hard work in training and it’s now up to us to show our quality and try and win the match,” he said.