Laurentiu Reghecampf has a warning for the rest of the Arabian Gulf League – Al Wahda are going to get better.
That’s pretty ominous considering the Clarets roared to the top of the maiden table of the season after rocketing in five goals in a 5-0 demolition of Dibba Al Fujairah on the opening weekend of the 2017/18 season.
Veteran talisman Sebastian Tagliabue netted yet another hat-trick for Wahda, while Hungary captain Balazs Dzsudzsak laid on two assists for Khalid Bawazir and Mohamed Al Shehhi in the rout – although Romanian Reghecampf felt it could have been more.
“The team could have added more goals compared to the opportunities created by the players,” said the former Al Hilal and Steaua Bucharest coach.
“We have a distinguished group of players who are able to make a difference against any competitor.
“We are in a good position but we have to focus and continue to work hard during the coming period, to raise the overall level of the team and wait for our best level.
“The technical staff is working on a daily basis in training to develop the mental abilities of the players to deal with the atmosphere associated with each game, and you will see the level of the team will rise and reap the fruits of the efforts made during the coming games.”
Reghecampf, who replaced Mexican Javier Aguirre in the summer after two trophy-laden spells at Al Nahyan Stadium, singled out youngsters Mohamed Al Akbari and goalkeeper Mohamed Al Shamsi for praise – the latter making his AGL debut for the Clarets, aged just 20.
“Mohammed Al Akbari showed a high level of skill in the performance and is still at a young age,” he said.
“He needs to gain more experience that will enable him to become one of the best young players in the league.
“Mohamed Al Shamsi is a young goalkeeper but he has provided a good level of performance and dealt well with the attempts on goal from Dibba.
“He has the potential to be among the best goalkeepers in the league, provided he continues to work in training to raise his level and gain more experience.”
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