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Zenga: I Wish I Could Play Games Like This Every Week

Abu Dhabi: 25 December 2013
The Italian coach of Al Jazira Walter Zenga wished that he could play in every weekend big games like the one he will play against Al Ain next Friday, and revealed that the team absentees will not cause him any concerns or worries, this is during the press conference he held on Wednesday the 25th of December to speak about this match.
The coach welcomed the journalists and media representatives who attend the press conference; he accepted greetings for the Christmas from them and invited them to local Italian sweets to celebrate this ceremony with them.

The coach started the conference by explaining that the team worked hard during the last 8 days for this important match, and they worked on solving some issues and strengthening the positive sides on the team performance, this during the daily and intensive training sessions the team had after the last match against Bani Yas. He revealed that he is still working on solving the absentees issues and didn’t made up his mind yet about the names that will play against Al Ain on Friday.
The Italian insisted that he is not worried or concerned about these absentees; this is because he has a good depth in the squad and full trust on all the players and their ability to compensate any injured or suspended players, and also because he is keeping all of them ready and motivated to help the team whenever he need them.
He expressed his satisfaction about the work of his players on preparing for this game, and revealed that he wish he could play a game like this every week, because this kind of matches gives every player a positive self-motivation to work hard during the training session and fight to earn his place in the startup line, which is helping the coach in the psychological and mental side preparations.
He assured that the players’ reaction to the defeat against Al Wahda and the elimination from the President Cup was great and very satisfying for his as a coach, and it was very clear and obvious during the last two matches against Emirates and Bani Yas, when the team win and put a great performance that reminded everybody with the true identity of Al Jazira. But at the same time he insisted that those two victories were just the first step on the right path to the top, and they will not think about any far future goals now.
Zenga denied that he abandoned his defensive mentality and start to adapt attacking methods with Al Jazira; he stressed that he is not a defensive coach at the first place, but the general impression about the Italian football is making everybody thinking that he is. He reminded that when he was coaching Al Nasr he was attacking Al Ain, the back-to-back league champions in their home, and now with Al Jazira, he is usually playing with 3 attackers and an advanced playmaker behind them, which indicates clearly to his coaching philosophy.
Speaking about his next opponent Al Ain, Zenga described them as a very strong and competitive team which possesses many great and decisive players, like Asamoah Gyan, Omer Abdulrahman and Brosque; he also insisted that the last draw of this team against Al Sharjah doesn’t mean that Al Ain is suffering from drop moments.
The coach finished his part in the conference by declaring that the match will be very important for the two teams, as they started this season badly but now they are in the right track. He guessed that the match will not be attackingly open as the fans are expecting it to be, but it will be tactical and it will be decided by some individual reactions and decisions.
Barrada: Teamwork will win us the Match
In the second part of the conference, the team playmaker Abdulaziz Barrada insisted that the derby match will not be only about him or Omer Abdulrahman, as they are the ones who are responsible for creating score chances for their teammates.
Barrada explained that he knows the match will be hard and complicated for the two teams, because of their competitive nature, and also according to his personal experience when he faced Al Ain in the UAE Cup. He promised that Al Jazira will fight in Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium to add the 3 points of this match to their league credit and continue climbing the table to reach the highest possible place by the end of this season.
The Moroccan assured that lights will not be only on him and Omer Abdulrahman on the derby; he explained that winning the matches can be only achieved by the complimentarity of the roles of the 11 players. He insisted that he is only thinking about how he can help his teammates to play better against Al Ain, and how he can help the team to win the full points from this important match.