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Zamalek coach blames 'pressure' for poor performance

The Whites coach is 'unsatisfied' with the team's performance, but has confidence that the players will be back on top form soon

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Tuesday 12 May 2015
Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira
Portuguese coach Jesualdo Ferreira (Photo: Reuters)
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Zamalek coach Jesualdo Ferreira has expressed his disappointment with his players' performance during Monday's 1-0 win over Masry, vowing to recover in the coming matches.

Zamalek, who are chasing their first league title since 2004, continued their perfect run in the Egyptian Premier League on Monday when they beat Masry, moving five points clear at the top of the table.

An early goal by their top scorer Basem Morsi gave the Cairo giants their sixth consecutive win and extended Zamalek's unbeaten streak to 17 matches, their best run in over a decade.

"Despite the victory, I wasn't satisfied with the performance," Ferreira said in the press conference after the match.

"We are subjected to too much pressure because we have been playing back-to-back games, but at the same time that gave the players confidence in themselves.

"The players who joined the team this season still don't believe that they are currently playing in a big club like Zamalek.

"Masry was better than us during the match, but we managed to win to keep our position at the league summit," the coach added.

The win over Masry in Ismailia also marked the first time in 32 years that Zamalek has kept a clean sheet for six straight matches.

The White Knights are five points clear of second-placed ENPPI, who played two extra games. They have 63 points from 26 games, 11 clear of arch-rivals and holders Ahly who crushed El-Geish 4-0 on Sunday.

"We need to win our postponed matches to strengthen our position as the league table leaders," explained the former Porto manager.

"I have much confidence in my players to recover and we will work hard to return to the outstanding performances again," concluded Ferreira.

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