Fans helped us win Clasico: Laudrup
30 Oct 2017 - 0:42
Al Rayyan’s Danish coach Michael Laudrup (pictured right) was all praise for the club fans, saying their ‘presence in large numbers’ helped the side beat arch-rivals Al Sadd 2-1 in the ‘Qatar Clasico’ on Friday.
Al Rayyan on Friday night rallied from a goal’s deficit at Jassim Bin Hamad Stadium where Abderazzaq Hamdallah and Myongin Koh scored for the winners. Baghdad Bounedjah scored the only goal for Al Sadd.
“We had a wonderful atmosphere ahead of the Clasico. We played amazing in the presence of the fans. I thank them for their attendance in such large numbers,” coach Laudrup said after the clash.
“I wish the fans continue their support for the team. Their support makes a difference,” he added.
“Al Rayyan was much better in the second half. I do not want to change the players in the first half, but I had to replace them because the team needed it,” Al Rayyan coach said.
Laudrup said Al Rayyan’s fringe players were making it count for the senior side.
“I think the changes are already happening. The under 23 players years like Ahmed Al Saadi, Sultan Bakhit and Abdelhamid Anad are doing well,” Laudrup said.
“I have a number of fit and eager players and this is good for us. The presence of seasoned players like Sebastien Syria and Mohsen Metwally on the bench shows how well the juniors did,” he said.
“The players gave us the ability to change the game in time. The commitment of the players is wonderful,” the Dane added.
Meanwhile, Al Sadd head coach Jesualdo Ferreira expressed his disappointment with the way things turned out.
“There were two different halves. I am happy with what we showed in the first half.”
“We were better than Al Rayyan and we controlled proceedings fully, having scored an early goal,” Ferreira said after the game.
“Unfortunately, we did not perform similarly in the second half. There were some refereeing errors and some of our young players displayed their lack of experience, all of which contributed to the loss,” Ferreira said.
“I am happy with the players and their effort but I am sad for losing three important points in the campaign and missing out on first place,” the coach added.
As for not making the third substitution, Ferreira said: “I did not make the third change because I did not want it. Substitutions don’t clinch the result of the game. If I had made a change then, I would have made the biggest error of my life, especially as the team was close to getting the equaliser,” he added.