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

Zenga and Barrada: Derby Matches are Unpredictable

Abu Dhabi: 22 November 2013
The Italian coach of Al Jazira team Walter Zenga insisted that he is not feeling any worried about the missing of the team attacker and usual scorer Ricardo Oliveira in the match against Al Wahda for suspension, this is during the press conference he held at Thursday 21st of November for that match.
Zenga expressed his hope of seeing his players performing better that they used to do, relying on the great work they did during the last days, he also explained that the absence of the national players didn’t affect their preparations for Al Wahda match because they were always on contact with their teammates, which helped them to keep up quickly with work rhythm when they finished their national duty.
The Italian insisted that he is not worried about the absence of his Brazilian attacker; he explained the trust he puts in all the players makes it easy for him to find the right combination and the best solution for any missing player and in any match.
He also refused to agree that the team performance in the last match against Bani Yas was bad, explaining that the result of that match may indicate that Al Jazira surrendered that match to their opponent; but the truth is that his team was the better side in most times of that fixture, and they conceded those goals in the times they lost their concentration, not because of the opponent superiority.
Speaking about the match against Al Wahda, Zenga revealed that he knows Jose Peseiro and have a good background about his training and coaching methods and philosophy. He also admitted that Al Wahda squad has so many strong and talented players, but in return he stress that he prefers always to speak about his team and his players, not about the opponent.
The coach assured that his players are in ideal physical and mental shape to face Al Wahda in Al Nahyn stadium; he confirmed that the absence list has only the names of the injured duo Salim Masoud and Yaqub Al Hosani, the suspended Ricardo Oliveira, and Yasir Matar, who’s with his family as he lost his big brother in Wednesday morning.
Al Jazira playmaker Abdelaziz Barrada agreed with his coach upon the players’ readiness for the derby match against Al Wahda; the national Moroccan said that the players did a great job under the supervision of their coaching staff, and now they are eager to go the pitch and fight for the three points of that match.
Barrada insisted that the results of the derbies will always be impossible to predict because so many different factors will decide this kind of matches, like the luck and the mental preparation, but in return, he assured that giving 200% during the training and matches and playing with sacrifice and fight spirit will always help the team to win these matches and every other match.