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Milla: Defensive Discipline will Decide Our Match with Al Dhafra

Abu Dhabi: 23 October 2013
Luis Milla insisted that the defensive disciple of his team will play a crucial role in deciding the result of their next match againt Al Dhafra, and also spoke during the pre-match press conference about his team strength and weaknesses so far.
The boss said that Al Jazira will offer the required respect for Al Dhafra when they face them next Friday at Hamdan bin Zayed Stadium, and explained that the defensive discipline of his players will help them to win this match and return to Abu Dhabi with the full points. He also described Al Dhafra as strong and aggressive team, and that they are highly motivated with the good results they had lately, which will make playing against them very tough and complicated mission.
The coach insisted that his players will have no fear of this opponent, and they will play against them with attacking intentions and will look only to score goals; he denied that he uses a defensive squad in his recent matches, and explained that the players Abdullah Qasim, Abdullah Musa and Salim Ali are great in supporting the midfield and attack lines.
The Spanish admitted that his team is still can’t start the match in a perfect way, but the performance is improving from match to another, as it appeared in the last match agasinst Ajman where they didn’t concede an early and kept a clean sheet for the whole 90 minutes; he also justified their toothless attacking performance by the absence of the suspended Ali Mabkhout, the injury of Nelson Valdez and the high pressure of Ajman players on Ricardo Oliveira.
Milla agreed that his team is always under pressure, not because the negative results or shaky performances, but because the highly prestige of Al Jazira, which require a continuous wins and beautiful performances and endless fighting for titles and glory; he stressed that this kind of pressure is helping his players to maintain their desire and passion for win and win only.
The manager spoke about the team squad that will face Al Dhafra, he confirmed that Ali Mabkhout will not be included as he is still suspended for the direct red card he received in the third round tie; also Hyong Min Chin will not be available as he had to leave UAE heading to his country to finish some urgent governmental paper works; and for Nelson Valdez, the coach revealed that the time he will spend inside the pitch will be decided based on his physical shape and fitness level.
About the injuries, Milla revealed that Salim Masoud will join the list of Khalid Sabil and Yaqub Al Hosani, as the right full back to head to Germany next Sunday to perform two operations on his ankles. 
Milla ended the press conference by insisting that his team is doing a good job in spite of the bad results they suffer so far. He admitted that the biggest problem they have now is the they start their match with, but also his satisfaction about the team character and the reaction they show during these matches, and the spirit of his players and their continuous searching for goals and full points.