Ahly manager Jose Peseiro says his side still needs time improve after being handed his first defeat of the season in a 1-0 Egyptian league loss to Maqassa on Thursday.
The Portuguese Peseiro, who replaced Fathi Mabrouk at Ahly’s helm in the close season, enjoyed an excellent start to his new tenure, having led the Reds to three consecutive league wins without conceding a single goal.
A 57th-minute winner from Maqassa’s Ahmed Sami, however, halted Ahly’s winning streak, with Peseiro indicating a possible reason behind his side’s defeat.
“We need time…everyone knows that,” Peseiro said in the post-match press conference.
“I arrived here just a few days before the start of the season. Moreover, we play a game every four days."
“Even so, Ahly should have won that game; we created chances but failed to score. That is where the problem lies."
“Chances do not create winners as everyone knows; the winner is the one who scores.”
When asked about the reasons behind the changes to Ahly’s starting lineup from recent games, and the omission of attacking midfielder Ramadan Sobhi, Peseiro did not seem quite impressed with the question.
“And why didn’t you ask the same question when Ahly won the previous matches despite making changes as well?” Peseiro said.
“It has nothing to do with the line-up changes. It’s all about failing to score."
Ahly have now slipped to fourth place on nine points, one adrift of leaders and arch-foes Zamalek who top the league table.
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