Doha, 28 January 2023 - Al Sadd and Al Markhiya coaches affirmed their sides readiness ahead of their 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League Week 12 match.
Spealing to the media ahead of their 2022-2023 season QNB Stars League Week 12 match against Al Markhiya, Al Sadd coach Juan Manuel Lillo 'Juanma' said, "Al Markhiya are a team that has great strength and has been built very well. They were recently promoted from the second division, but have shown excellence.
"I think we played well in our opening match of the league against them. In that match, for example, we had approximately 35-40 minutes (but were edged 4-3).
"I am happy with the return of all our players who were with the national team. We have become stronger and we hope to continue working to achieve more victories," said Juanma.
Al Markhiya coach Abdullah Mubarak said, "We are playing against a champion side and refreshed team after their victory over Al Arabi, as they seek to make a comeback into the competition strongly, so this confrontation match our team to be ready at all technical, tactical and mental levels. We will work to present a good level and it is a match that needs double efforts and concentration.
"We always play with spirit and confidence, as one family on and off the pitch.
"Our problem is that we will face the top teams in the league. Our next match is against Al Sadd, then Qatar SC, Al Duhail, Al Arabi and Al Wakrah.
"It is natural for us to enter the match against Al Sadd in order to achieve victory, but to achieve this ambition we have to be at the top of our effort, focus and solidarity, and deal with the opponent more seriously throughout the 90 minutes.
"This position is not worrisome, as we have played eight matches so far and there are teams that have played 10 matches," said Abdullah Mubarak.