Marcus Berg wasn't expecting to win two trophies in his first season at Al Ain

Denzil Pinto 16:19 04/05/2018
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Marcus Berg was two good.

Marcus Berg admits he didn’t expect to end his domestic debut season at Al Ain with two trophies after the Garden City club completed the double on Thursday.

The Swedish striker continued his fine form by scoring his team’s second goal in the 2-1 win against Al Wasl which later proved to be decisive in clinching  their seventh President’s Cup triumph.

It was the second piece of silverware for Berg after his side reclaimed the Arabian Gulf League for the first time since 2014-15 following a dominant campaign where they dropped points in just six of their 22 matches.

Berg’s latest strike was his 35th in 36 matches this season since his move from Greek giants Panathinaikos last summer and the 31-year-old says he could not have asked for a better campaign than this.

“I expect to win every game but it’s not easy to win two trophies and it’s been a long time since we won something,” he told Dubai Sports TV. “During the season, we wanted to win the two trophies we have.”

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Ismail Ahmed opened the scoring for the Boss at Zayed Sports City before Berg doubled the tally in the second half. Ahmed went from hero to zero after being sent off and despite Caio Canedo’s late goal for Wasl, Al Ain held on for the win.

Berg admits his team didn’t play to the best of the ability but their success proved why they are the best team in the UAE.

“It’s been fantastic. I don’t think we played our best game today but we managed to score more than them and during the whole season, we proved that we are the best team and really deserve this.

“In every game that we played, we showed we had the quality to win games so I’m very happy for the team, club and fans.”

Berg and his team-mates will now turn their focus to the AFC Champions League where they will take on Qatar’s Al-Duhail in Tuesday’s first-leg round-of-16 clash.

Although he can look forward to the World Cup with Sweden next month, his only focus for now is giving his best for Al Ain.

“It’s fantastic to end the season like this but now we have two more Champions League matches before it ends but it’s been fantastic so far.

“The only thing I’m thinking about so far is with Al Ain. I know will go to Russia in the summer but when I play, I will only focus on my team and to win the game.”

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