In-form Lekhwiya eye victory over El Jaish in 2nd semi-final
21 Apr 2017 - 0:56
Qatar Stars League (QSL) champions Lekhwiya will be targeting a domestic double when they take on local rivals El Jaish in the second semi-final of the 2017 Qatar Cup, today at Al Sadd Stadium.
Red Knights boss Djamel Belmadi said the Qatar Cup is a whole new tournament and his team will have to put a clinical performance to overcome defending champions El Jaish in the semi-final.
“This is a new competition for us this season," the coach said ahead of the match.
"We are full of confidence after the league and of course are plan is to win both trophies. It will be a challenge against El Jaish who want to retain their title.”
“We always aspire to win the titles, and after a difficult season in the league, we enter a major and important tournament in the the Qatar Cup, the case as ever is to win the trophy but we will have to best two of the most confidant sides in Qatar if we are to succeed” noted the Algerian coach.
As for Lekhwiya midfielder Abdurahman Mohammed, he believes his side have to desire to cap off another title winning season for the new QSL champions.
“We are all looking forward to the Qatar Cup triumph, he said.
"For us the league was the beginning of the season and we are hungry to win the Qatar Cup again for Lekhwiya."
El Jaish are aware that they will be up against the most consistent side of the season.
However, assistant coach Jean-Marc Kuentz said the team has the potential to overcome the tough opponents.
“Lekhwiya is the strongest side in Qatar right now, we know that but we believe we can cause them some problems. I hope we can win and progress to the final.”
“We have form as El Jaish in the Qatar Cup, and we are the defending champions. The team is well prepared for the game, and we have the history to progress and lift the trophy for a third time. Anything is possible in football” added Kuentz when asked about Jaish’s chances of progressing to the Qatar Cup final.
El Jaish midfielder Mohammad Mothnani insisted that the knock out nature favoor of the Qatar Cup could favour his side.
“The match will be a real battle, as ever against Lekhwiya we cannot make any mistakes. It’s a hard match to predict, anything can happen,” said the midfielder.