Doha, 28 January 2024 - Qatar football team trained at the Aspire Academy as part of its preparations to take on Palestine on Monday at Al Bayt Stadium in the Round of 16 of AFC Asian Cup Qatar 2023.
Qatar had advanced to the Round of 16 as the group leaders by obtaining 9 points after defeating Lebanon in the opening match by 3-0, Tajikistan by 1-0, and China by 1-0.
Bartolome Marquez Lopez, the coach of Qatar team, led the training session, during which he focused on enhancing the tactical aspects, addressing some technical aspects, defensive and offensive roles, and how to cope with the opposing team's style.
Today's training session saw a lengthy meeting between coach Lopez and all the players, during which he stressed the need to increase the pace of preparations in order to reach the required preparatory format and to go into Monday's match with great enthusiasm and adhere to the instructions.
The technical staff intensified special training for goalkeepers and focused on penalty kicks, especially since the playoff matches may witness extra time and penalty kicks and require double effort as they will be staged according to the direct knockout system.