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Zenga: Dubai is Aggressive and we Must Respect Them

Abu Dhabi: 29 October 2013
Walter Zenga the team coach refused to take in his consideration the results and the late position of his next opponent Dubai as he is preparing his players for this match, confirming that his team will show the required respect to Dubai when the two teams meets on Wednesday 30 October in Al Nahyan Stadium in the sixth round match of the Arabian Gulf League.
The Italian explained before that he knows Dubai very well, and that he watched some of their matches in this season from inside the field. He said that the squad of this team includes many good players, like Yabo Yabi, and Bruno Cesar who reached Al Jazira net twice during the two teams’ last match in the cup earlier this month. He also believed that the performance of Dubai does not match in any way the negative result and the late position in the table.
The coach revealed that he focused in the last training sessions on the psychological part of his players and worked on solidifying their fighting spirit and sacrificing and teamwork values, to prepare them to get the full points of Wednesday match. He stressed that every player should commit to his duties inside the field but without any fear from taking own decisions whenever he feels the situation needs.
Zenga explained that he will choose his list of the match based on situation of the injuries and suspensions, confirming that the unavailable players so far are the injure triple Salim Masoud, Yaqub Al Hosani and Khalid Sabil, and the suspended Khamis Ismail; and didn’t forget to express his blind trust on the ability and commitment of the other players to do the necessary work to add the next 3 points to the team league credit.