Battle for second place hots up in QSL

 14 Apr 2016 - 0:03

Battle for second place hots up in QSL
Sabri Lamouchi (left), coach of El Jaish and midfielder Sardor Rashidov pose for a picture after a press conference in Doha yesterday.

Doha: Jesualdo Ferreira’s Al Sadd will be hoping to finish the 2015-16 campaign on a high by securing the second spot in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) standings but for that to happen, the Doha giants must beat El Jaish in the final round later this week.
Al Sadd, who have posted three wins against one draw in their last four matches, take on El Jaish - one of the most consistent sides in QSL - with aims of finishing the season behind champions Al Rayyan.
Second-placed El Jaish, coached by Sabri Lamouchi, have 47 points from 25 matches, whereas, Al Sadd - who finished second last season - are in third spot with a tally of 46 points.
A draw won’t help Al Sadd but El Jaish know they must not lose tomorrow at Qatar Sports Club Stadium.
Ferreira said Al Sadd is aiming for the win tomorrow. 
“The match is for the second position in the league. Our target is for the second position and El Jaish are also aiming for that. But we will seek the win no matter what.”
Ferreira’s men may face El Jaish in the upcoming Qatar Cup but the coach insists they will be different games altogether.
“The game will be preparation for the Qatar cup. Each game is a different situation this in the league and that’s in the cup.” He also added that, “I think El Jaish will play with their best players because they will want to win both games.”
“We had some big mistakes in the last match and we will work on our defense in the next game,” added the Portuguese tactician.
Pedro Miguel and Morteza Pouraliganji are doubtful for the next game, 
“Pedro got injured in the last game and Morteza Pouraliganji as well. Both players are very important for me and when they came to Al Sadd they improved the defensive line a lot,” added the sixty-nine-year-old.
El Jaish are currently in second place but only one-point clear of their third placed rivals. They will want to win the match in order to secure second position at the end of the season.
Sabri Lamouchi, the head coach of the Soldiers is keen on getting the three points in the last game of the season.
“This game is the last game of the league. If we don’t lose we will be in second place. Al Sadd we know is the biggest club in Qatar, big history and big support. We will go into this match hoping to win.”
“For us the season is not finished. Our target was to qualify for AFC Champions League and get second place. We have two more cups after this, so for us our season starts now,” said the Frenchman at the press conference on Wednesday.
Apart from the team’s targets El Jaish also have a top contender for the golden boot in Abdelrazzak Hamdallah.
“The club wants to help Hamdallah get the golden boot. When he plays around the box he is a killer and has 20 goals this season. And if he gets the golden boot it will be good for him and good for the team as he will have more confidence to score,” added Lamouchi.

The Peninsula