Struggling Al Wahda can expect “no gifts” when they welcome winless Arabian Gulf League basement boys Khor Fakkan on Monday, according to coach Manolo Jimenez.
A 4-0 pasting by second-placed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club last week has put the Clarets on the verge of a fourth-successive loss in all competitions – a run that would be their worst since winter 2013. This is, one of several reasons, why defeat to the promoted side at Al Nahyan Stadium cannot be countenanced.
“It is a match where there are no gifts, so hard work is our only way to victory,” said Jimenez, who began with two top-flight wins. “The team was at a good level in the previous rounds, but after the last loss our efforts must be redoubled.
“We must work more to achieve victory and return to the path of victories. With the gradual return of the injured players, gradually they will reflected positively on the performance of the team.”
Meanwhile, Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club boss Rodolfo Arruabarrena has reiterated the importance of “focus” as they attempt to reel in unbeaten champions Sharjah.
The ex-Argentina left-back’s side began the round one point behind the King after they drew 0-0 with Bani Yas. They next host Al Wasl.
“We always focus on our team, and we must rely on ourselves to improve the team’s position,” said Arruabarrena. “We do not deny that the results of other teams serve us well, but the most important – and primary – focus must be on the performance of our team.”
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